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Harmonisation of the European Rail Operating Rules



Harmonisation of the European Rail Operating Rules

Background & policy context: 

The European rail traffic management system has become increasingly important in transport research both at a national level as well as for compliance with the trans-European rail network as greater emphasis is placed on rail use.


The main objectives are:

  • harmonising rules and regulations for the new ERTMS control-command system
  • determining the safety problems related to the rules and regulations
  • establishing fair competition by fixing a common level of regulation
  • facilitating the transition period between existing control-command systems and ERTMS and identification of legal obstacles to harmonisation
  • disseminating the results of the project to all European railways involved in ERTMS by preparing a pre-standardised set of rules and regulations

The project will:

  • establish a reference guide of the fundamental ERTMS rules
  • establish abstracts for drivers and signalmen
  • develop pre-standardised ERTMS rules
  • develop a computer based risk assessment model
Institution Type:
Institution Name: 
European Commission; Directorate-General for Energy and Transport (DG TREN; formerly DG VII)
Type of funding:


  • Nederlandse Sporwegen (NL)
  • Railtrack Group (GB)
  • Deutsche Bahn AG Frankfurt (DE)
  • RENFE (ES)
  • Ferrovie dello Stato (IT)
  • GEC Alsthom Transport (FR)
  • TÜV Euro Rail (DE)
  • Tecnologia e Investigacion Ferroviaria SA (ES)
  • Universita degli Studi di Roma 'La Sapienza' (IT)
  • Societe Nationale des Chemins de Fer SNCF (FR)
  • Foundation European Rail Research Institute (NL)
  • International Union of Railways (F)
Contact Name: 
Mr Claudio Traverso
EEIG ERTMS Users Group
+32 2 673 9 933
Fax Number: 
+32 2 673 4 150