To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department has made with the implementation of the European Rail Traffic Management System.
27 January 2015
Network Rail is funded to deliver the national rollout of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) and they are working closely with cross-industry stakeholders to do so. The first routes where ERTMS will be used the core section of the Thameslink route in mid 2018 and the East Coast south (from Kings Cross to Peterborough) from 2018. In addition we will secure the train fit part of ERTMS as part of our new franchise program. Both the new Thameslink Southern Great Northern (TSGN) and East Coast franchisees are obligated to work with Network Rail to deliver train services under ERTMS control as the system gradually rolls out.