According to the European Commission Staff Working Document on the state of play of the implementation of the ERTMS Deployment Plan, dated February 14, 2014, despite the significant provision of EU funding, deployment on corridors is behind schedule. Worse still, delays in one Member State affect the entire corridor, which means for the others a delay in realising the benefits of their investment.
The notifications received so far show that some of the Member States provide information completely in line with the EDP, some others forecast slight delays (max 3 years), and a few of them – in particular larger Member States –– announce major delays :
– equipment of corridor A (Rotterdam-Genoa) will be on time (2015) in the Netherlands and Switzerland, operational in 2018 in Germany (3 years delay) and 2020 (5 years delay) in Italy, -> 3-5 years announced delay;
– corridor B (Stockholm-Napoli) should be equipped by 2020, apart from the Austrian section which is ready; Germany has announced a delay of 10 years (2030);
– corridor C (Antwerp-Basel) will be operational in France in 2020-2023 -> 5 to 8 years delay. Belgium and Luxemburg sections will be equipped on time (2015);
– corridor D (Valencia-Budapest) will be operational in France in 2021 (delay of 6 years), Italy will be on time, apart from the section between the French border and Torino (5 years delay); Slovenia and Bulgaria will be on time. The Spanish section expected by 2015 will be on time;
– for corridor E (Dresden-Constanta), delays vary from 0 to 5 years;
– for corridor F, Germany has announced the date of 2027 and Poland has announced the date of 2020 for some parts.
In the light of available evidence, the Commission services are not convinced that delays are beyond Member States’ control or that appropriate measures are being taken to minimise the delays. However, the recent difficult economic situation may be a contributory factor.
The reporting exercise on deployment of ERTMS which began at the end of 2012 is an annual exercise. In the next reporting exercise, the Commission services expect complete and detailed reports with improved information, in particular better justifications for the delays and appropriate measures aiming to reduce them.
Member States announcing delays will be expected to review their plans for reducing the announced delays and the Commission services will be looking critically at those plans with the Member States concerned.
The full report is available at this link http://ec.europa.eu/transport/modes/rail/interoperability/ertms/doc/edp/swd(2014)48-ertms-deployment-plan.pdf
Additional information http://ec.europa.eu/transport/modes/rail/interoperability/ertms/edp_map_en.htm