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ERTMS- The Story of a Success

28 November 2011

ERTMS- The Story of a Success

The European Rail Traffic Management system is often quoted as a problem by industry commentators but Network Rail is learning from its experience on the Cambrian scheme and is planning further implementation across the network. This will start with the planned trial site at Hertford, implementation as an overlay system retaining signals between Paddington and Bristol and then without signals on the East Coast Main Line between Kings Cross and Doncaster.

Network Rail has leased a train so that different types of on-train equipment can be tested against other manufacturers’ infrastructure equipment. Network Rail is now linked in to European railways and is taking a leading role in the development of ERTMS in the future – for two areas in particular – upgrading GSM-R to cope with the additional data requirements of ERTMS and the use of automatic train operation based on ERTMS for the Thameslink Programme

Presented by Jim Morgan, Principal Programme Sponsor (National Programmes), Network Rail

Jim Morgan joined British Rail as a student civil engineer and graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in civil engineering. He became involved in bridge design and then track renewal and maintenance around the network becoming Zone Director and then director, London Projects for Railtrack. He also studied for an MBA at Strathclyde University.

A change in career then led him into train operations, firstly in Australia and then via Estonia to the UK where he was director of a number of train operating companies, focussing on safety and performance issues. In 2000 he started the UK’s first open access operator, Hull Trains and was chairman of the ATOC Rail Planning Forum for a number of years.

In January 2010, he returned to his infrastructure roots as the sponsor for the UK’s ERTMS programme within Network Rail.


ERTMS - The story of a success

: Presented by Jim Morgan, Principal Programme Sponsor (National Programmes), Network Rail

Duration: 1hr 25mins