€15 million from the EU to help developing a common train control system in Europe

April 13, 2015

Hat: €15 million from the EU to help developing a common train control system in Europe

Funding Scheme: 2015-04-13

Pgm2014 2020: Yes


Through the TEN-T programme, €15 million will be dedicated to the implementation of the European Train Control System in the following countries : Belgium, Luxembourg, Danemark and the UK, in order to improve the functionning of European railways. The TEN-T Programme is aimed at supporting the construction of Trans-European Networks in the field of transport, an important element for the Single market.


Seven separate projects aim to contribute to the deployment of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) in the EU and enhance interoperability of European rail services. While increasing the overall capacity of the rail network, the projects are expected to boost freight and passenger traffic safety and improve the timekeeping of trains.
Nearly €7 million of the total amount will go to the ETCS deployment in Belgium, where ETCS will be installed on 64 M6 double deck carriages (Level 2, Baseline 2) and on one I11BDx train cab (Level2, Baseline 3) contributing to the national rail fleet upgrade programme. The ETCS will further be installed on 10 Class 66 locomotives (Level 2, Baseline 2).
Luxembourg-based companies will receive over €3.5 million to equip and upgrade 85 locomotives with ETCS (Level 1 and 2, Baseline 2 and 3), enabling their operation on ETCS-equipped railway lines in Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany.
The Danish train fleet may become the first in Europe to fully use ETCS (Level 2, Baseline 3). The EU funding of almost €4 million will support the prototyping, installation and testing of ETCS on-board equipment on 52 Danish locomotives currently in use. It is part of the Danish national programme aiming to renew the entire signalling system on the country’s rail network by 2021.
UK-based company will receive €750,000 to equip 10 TRAXX locomotives with ETCS (Level 2, Baseline 2), allowing their operation in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Italy.
The projects were selected for EU funding with the assistance of external experts under the TEN-T Multi-Annual Call 2013, priority ‘European rail traffic management system’. Their implementation will be monitored by INEA, the European Commission’s Innovation and Networks Executive Agency.
The projects are to be completed by December 2015.

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