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ERTMS provides the European Union with a unique opportunity to create a seamless railway system.

Increased capacity

Increased capacity

on existing lines and a greater ability to respond to growing transport demands: as a continuous communication-based signalling system, ERTMS reduces the headway between trains enabling up to 40% more capacity on currently existing infrastructure.
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Higher reliability rates

Higher reliability rates

ERTMS may significantly increase reliability and punctuality, which are crucial for both passenger and freight transport
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Open supply market

Open supply market

Customers will be able to purchase equipment for installation anywhere in Europe and all suppliers will be able to bid for any opportunity. Trackside and onboard equipment may be made by any of the six ERTMS suppliers, which makes the supply market more competitive
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Improved safety

Improved safety

ERTMS reduces the possibility for human error providing a comprehensive automatic train protection (ATP) function, where this does not yet exist. ERTMS works as a safe monitoring system, continuously supervising the speed of each train according to track and train data. If the actual train speed exceeds the permitted data, brakes are applied automatically. This ensures the train will be stopped in front of the danger point. This, coupled with the flexibility of ERTMS which can be applied to low-density as well as to high-density lines, is particularly important for countries where ATP systems are not yet widely deployed.
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ERTMS launches new website with new deployment map, updated factsheets

The European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) is helping to build the next generation of European mobility, it deserved a next generation website! On 2nd August, ERTMS launched a new digital p...
Read more News — 02 August 2021

European Parliament pushes ERTMS deployment and CEF2 regulation forward

At this week’s European Parliament Plenary, rail saw the adoption of two measures that have major implications for the future of Europe’s sustainable mobility paradigm: a Report on the European R...
Read more News — 07 July 2021

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