UIC Global Conference on Signalling

Proposal for a single technological standard for the interoperability of the TEN-T rail corridors

Milan, 26 March 2018

The European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) is the only technological standard for the TEN-T rail corridors. It’s the ideal solution proposed by the Union Internationale des Chemins de Fer (UIC) to enable corridors to be interoperable and passable, without interruption, to trains from all railway companies operating in all EU countries.

The objective is at the centre of the meeting between technicians and sector experts at the 1st UIC Global Conference on Signalling, from 26 to 28 March, in Milan.

The talks were launched today by Renato Mazzoncini, Managing Director and General Manager of FS Italiane and the President of UIC, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC, and Giuseppe Sala, Mayor of Milan.

"The European Union will invest 500 billion to build new railway infrastructure in the old continent and it's important that resources are also provided for ERTMS. It's an innovative and excellent signalling system, which has given important results in terms of safety and reliability in the Italian High Speed / High Capacity system where it has been operating since December 2005,” underlined Renato Mazzoncini, Managing Director and General Manager of FS Italiane. “The Rhine-Alps Corridor can be the pilot project to extend this technological system on all European Corridors. At the national level, our goal is to strengthen the railway lines of urban and metropolitan areas with the ERTMS HD technological evolution, a system that will allow us to increase traffic capacity for commuter services.”

The ERTMS standard has been chosen by the European Union as a unique language for the European railway system, given the excellent results achieved in the Turin-Salerno and Turin-Milan-Brescia HS/HC (high-speed/high-capacity) system.

ERTMS is an advanced security system for the distancing of trains that allows the management and control of rail traffic along the network. The on-board instrumentation was designed to replace the many, and incompatible, systems of circulation and safety of the various European railway systems in order to ensure interoperability of all trains.

ERTMS technology, which guarantees high safety standards, is one of the most advanced on the world market and could also be installed in intercontinental Corridors that connect Asia to Europe (One Belt One Road).