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ETCS on European Freight Corridor 'C'

ETCS on European Freight Corridor 'C'
04 June 2015

We are providing Notified Body (NoBo) services, in partnership with Certifer, for the implementation of the European Train Control System (ETCS), a signalling technology, throughout the Belgian section of the European freight Corridor ‘C’.

In accordance with European requirements, Infrabel, the Belgian national rail infrastructure manager, is committed to implementing ETCS Level 1 on the lines that form Corridor C for freight services, by 2016.

This is the corridor that connects Antwerp to the industrial centres of central and southern Europe. The ETCS system will supplement the existing signalling and ATP systems in place.

The lines are being certified based upon the Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSIs). The entire length of the route though Belgium has been divided into 16 sections, and we are working with Certifer to cover each one.

What is a NoBo?

As part of Europe’s drive towards harmonizing standards and promoting competition across its rail networks, the EU has produced legislation — in particular the Railway Interoperability Directive 2008/57/EC — aimed at standardizing relevant interoperable elements of railway rolling stock and infrastructure across Member States.

For major mainline rail developments, the specific detail requirements are set out in the TSIs, and Member States are obliged to build any new lines that will form part of the European network in accordance with these TSIs.

Furthermore, Member States are also encouraged to modify existing lines that form part of the corridors for freight traffic.