While the structure of large conferences normally does not allow for detailed discussions on specific topics, the Agency has found a way to integrate this necessary component by introducing a set of workshops to be held in the afternoon of 15th October. The workshops aim to provide a platform for learning, discussion and contribution to the compelling and important issues in the field of ERTMS.

Six workshops covering different subjects will be held simultaneously during session 1. To allow attendees the possibility to participate in the discussions of two different subjects, the workshops will be repeated in session 2 (except workshop 6, see program for details). Each session will last 2 hours.


The outcome of the workshops will provide the content for the conference sessions that follow. The items indicated below give an idea of the content of each discussion.


Please note that room capacity is limited.


14.00 – 16.00 Workshops – session A

1A: ERTMS deployment and related challenges (Rapporteur: Michel van Liefferinge)

With support from the European Deployment Plan (EDP), crucial technical and political steps have been taken to accelerate ERTMS deployment all over the European Union.

As evidenced by the significant investments made by the EU, a coordinated ERTMS deployment remains a top priority for the European Commission. However, there is much to be done in order to meet the ambitious deployment targets of 2023 and 2030 set by the EDP.

If you want to learn about ERTMS deployment and share implementation feedback, join this workshop. You will meet with the speakers of session 1 and other key actors, customers and suppliers involved in deployment projects. Organised in small roundtables, you will discuss issues, solutions and actions to accelerate ERTMS deployment, a key step towards the “digital railway”.


2A: Vehicle upgrade and vehicle authorisation topics (Rapporteur: Libor Lochman)

System-wide deployment of ERTMS hinges upon the upgrade of existing vehicles. This workshop will focus on:

  • EDP and NDPs as a cause for a mandatory OBU upgrade;

  • Extension of Area of Use as a cause for an OBU upgrade;

  • Development of the positive business case for the RUs;

  • Design of the project involving the vehicle owner and the supply industry;

  • Development of a financing and funding proposal for the projects;

  • Management and mitigation of developments and risks;

  • Practical experiences with vehicle authorisation involving the OBU upgrade.


The workshop will address the following issues:

  • How to combine the mandatory migration towards B3 with the RUs business interests?

  • How to find suitable funding sources?

  • What are the initiatives of the Member State and how do they relate with European co-funding schemes (CEF/CEF-2)?

  • What is the RU’s previous experience with OBU upgrades and vehicle authorisations ?

  • To what extent are NSAs prepared to manage requests for an Area of Use extension for existing non-TSI compliant vehicles?

  • What is the user’s perception of the One-Stop Shop and of ERA’s role in the centralised management for future authorisations?


The results of the workshop will be used in the plenary panel discussion which will take place in session II on day 2.


3A: ERTMS regulatory and funding framework (Rapporteur: Ian Conlon)

This workshop will address how regulation and funding are designed and implemented at the European level to further ERTMS deployment, now and in the coming years. It will aim in particular to address examples of best practices regarding practical issues.

The workshop will focus on:

  • The implementation of the Fourth Railway Package, specifically trackside approval and vehicle authorisation

  • The revision of the TSI CCS, highlighting the practical impact of the revision

  • The current and future funding support framework at EU level


4A: Railway Radio Communication System (Rapporteur: Jean-Michel Evanghelou)

In the past several decades, the radio communication systems used in railways have undergone an evolution. From the humble beginnings of analogue systems used locally in each region to the migration of the adapted GSM-R system, the railway sector has achieved an important breakthrough towards the harmonisation of the technology used and the function this technology serves in the aim for interoperability.

As telecommunication technology evolves quickly, the next steps will include ensuring the scalability and modularity of the solutions, without jeopardising the achieved interoperability.

The workshop will focus on:

  • The status of the GSM-R and GPRS deployment;

  • The future railway mobile communication system (FRMCS) and the conditions for migration from GSM-R.


5A: Future transport system – Rail and CCS evolution (Rapporteur: Michel Ruesen)

The workshop will address the following issues:

  • Imagine the rail transport system of the future. What will it look like? Which initiatives are ongoing to make this system a reality? Most importantly, how do the vision and the initiatives interact?

  • What is the potential of big data in this rail system?

  • How can migration take place?

  • What is needed in the TSI 2022 in order to increase momentum?


The workshop will focus on:

  • The UNIFE vision on digitalisation;

  • The Reference CCS Architecture initiative (RCA) and its relation to ERTMS, EULYNX and SmartRail;

  • The Open CCS On-board Reference Architecture initiative (OCORA);

  • The future radio link between trackside and on-board (using FRMCS);

  • The anticipated change requests for the TSI 2022.


6A: Human and Organisational Factors (Rapporteur: Jayne Yeo -TBD)

Automation is radically changing the way work is done. This is not only true of the railway sector; all sectors and professions are affected by automation. No one will be exempt from its impact on the world. The success of this change depends on understanding the role of human and organisational factors in automation. How can automation reach its full potential? What measures need to be put in place to minimise risk and maximise opportunity?

We expect engaging and challenging discussions between participants coming from diverse backgrounds on the human and organisational challenges/opportunities of railway automation. You will gain insights into how not only the technical elements of ERTMS need to be understood but also how human and organisational factors will influence its success.

The workshop will address the following issues:

  • The biggest risks/opportunities of railway automation at the:

    • Design stage

    • Implementation stage

    • Operational stage

  • Why taking human and organisational factors into account helps automation reach its potential.


If you want to have a better understanding of how the potential of ERTMS can be maximised and the risks minimised by taking into account human and organisational factors, join this workshop.

16h30 – 18h30 Workshops – session B

1B: ERTMS deployment and related challenges (Rapporteur: Michel van Liefferinge)

See 1A

2B: Vehicle Upgrade and vehicle authorisation topics (Rapporteur: Libor Lochman)

See 2A

3A: ERTMS regulatory and funding framework (Rapporteur: Ian Conlon)

See 3A

4B: Communication (Rapporteur: Jean-Michel Evanghelou)

See 4A

5B: Future transport system – Rail and CCS evolution (Rapporteur: Michel Ruesen)

See 5A

6B: ERTMS and CCS performance optimisation (Rapporteur: Reiner Behnsch)

The workshop aims to discover the principal measures of performance optimisation using ETCS, in particular on conventional lines. This workshop will focus on:

  • ETCS L2 and its periphery: Where are the bottlenecks? (Interlocking, axle-counters, line-side signals, radio, etc.);

  • Future of Level 1;

  • Case studies: S-Bahn Stuttgart, Italian project;

  • Capacity gains due to Level 3?

  • Game changers or possible optimisation measures (breaking curves, virtual balises, FRMCS, CCS convergence, ATO, etc.).