EUROPE: The co-ordinated deployment of ERTMS on the high speed rail routes linking London, Paris and Brussels was agreed by the four infrastructure managers at a meeting in Paris on July 19.

Channel Tunnel operator Getlink, the UK’s High Speed 1, France’s SNCF Réseau and Belgium’s Infrabel have committed to developing a common strategy for implementation. They will share expertise, select a uniform technical system and work to a common deployment schedule with the aim of maximising economies of scale.

The deployment of ERTMS on the international high speed routes is intended to improve interoperability, capacity and punctuality while avoiding any problems arising from obsolescence of the existing TVM430 train control system.