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A business case for ERTMS on the 9 Core Network Corridors

Date: 08/07/2015

Interoperability of the systems is a crucial issue of European rail policy to enhance the opportunity for a modal shift from road to rail and increase cross-border flows. This is why ERTMS is one of the infrastructure requirements and one of the priorities of the Commission.

The business case will consist of an analysis of the impacts of ERTMS on the railway sector. As a first approach, the effects on international rail traffic consist of different elements: investment costs in rolling stock, reduction in travel time, safety, capacity increase, increased competition for suppliers and also for railway undertakings… All the upstream factors and downstream impacts linked with ERTMS deployment will be studied on a qualitative and a quantitative point of view.

The Deployment Management Team is currently working on the business case for 2 corridors: Rhine-Alpine and North Sea Mediterranean. The main milestones are:

  • Until end of July 2015: sharing and discussing the methodology with all stakeholders
  • Until end of August 2015: validation of the main assumptions used through interviews with stakeholders
  • 22-23 September 2015: presentation of the intermediate results of the Business Case for the first 2 corridors at the ERA conference
  • October 2015: final business case for Rhine Alpine and North Sea Mediterranean corridors
  • 2016 and beyond: business case for other corridors and at European level
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