Crossing borders using innovative technology

Allowing trains to cross borders without the need to change locomotive or driver, the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS/ETCS) is now being introduced across Europe.

Responding to an EU initiative to introduce signalling systems for cross-border traffic, the system was developed by Europe’s rail and signalling industries (UNISIG). As an active member of UNISIG, Bombardier is at the forefront in producing the system specifications, for example, with the Bombardier-developed balise transmission technology.

Advanced Train Control

Major benefits of ERTMS include:

  • Interoperability and cross-border operations, ultimately leading to the harmonisation of rail transport systems throughout Europe
  • Ability to supervise every train according to its optimum characteristics
  • Higher line speed and shorter headways between high-speed trains
  • Increased line capacity
  • Greater safety and efficiency for passengers
  • Greater revenue earning potential for operators
  • Lower maintenance and life cycle costs.

Pioneers in Innovative Technology

Strengthening our position as the leader in emerging technology, Bombardier leads the way in providing ERTMS technology as part of its INTERFLO range of mainline solutions.

Already supplying ERTMS Level 1 solutions in Europe and Asia, we were the first supplier to commission an ERTMS Level 2 system for commercial operation.

Lower Life Cycle Costs

Our product strategy is based on offering low life cycle cost solutions to our customers. We offer constant improvement in availability by utilising well defined, proven hardware and software components and modules across our applications.

Fact File

  • Bombardier pioneered the world’s first commercial ERTMS in Switzerland, 2002.
  • Bombardier developed Eurobalise technology, which is at the heart of ERTMS, and is currently the market leader in supplying ERTMS technology by kilometres of track installed.
  • Bombardier is in number one position in the ERTMS market with more onboard fitted vehicles than all competitors combined and also with more route kilometres equipped with ERTMS.
  • Currently, 2000 vehicles are equipped with ERTMS onboard systems, over 60,000 Eurobalises have been installed and over 8000 km of track have been equipped with ERTMS technology.
  • Bombardier pioneered the world’s first computer-based interlocking system.


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