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Title: Special Report No 13/2017: A single European rail traffic management system: will the political choice ever become reality?
Author: European Court of Auditors
Series/Date: Special Report No. 13, 2017 (October 2017)
Source Origin: EU
Source Type: Report, Policy-making
ISBN: 978-92-872-8018-3
978-92-872-7988-0
ISSN: 1977-5679
EC Number: QJ-AB-17-013-EN-N
Notes: Summary:

We assessed whether the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) has been properly planned, deployed and managed. ERTMS is designed to replace the diverse railway signaling systems around Europe with a single system that enables trains to travel uninterrupted across different countries and facilitates rail competitiveness.

We found that deployment so far is at a low level and represents a patchwork, despite the fact that the ERTMS concept to enhance interoperability is not generally questioned by the rail sector. Infrastructure managers and railway undertakings are reluctant to invest due to the expenses entailed and the lack of an individual business case (for example in the Member States with well performing national systems and significant remaining lifetime).

EU funding can only cover a limited amount of the investments. We make a number of recommendations to the European Commission, the Member States and the European Union Agency for Railways to help improve the deployment and financing of the system.
Source URL: http://dx.publications.europa.eu/10.2865/308149
Homepage URL: http://eca.europa.eu/
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Keywords: European Association for Railway Interoperability - AEIF - Common Safety Methods and Common Safety Targets - Safety Certification and Authorisation - Monitoring of Safety Performance - National Safety Rules - Public Database of Safety Documents - Interoperability - ERTMS
Subjects:  14.2 - Railways
Geographic Indicators:  European Union
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