ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System) is a silent revolution in railway safety. It will ultimately shake the fundamentals of how we progress in railway transport, enhancing capacity, safety, and introducing highly efficient and attractive transport options for customers and to make the most of the opportunities offered by digital transformation.
This brings us to perhaps the biggest challenge in implementing ERTMS on a worldwide scale in the near future. The technology itself is a continuing challenge; however having all the stakeholders involved in making the transition and business change from ‘analogue thinking’ to ‘digital thinking’ will ensure that railways are committed to innovation.
It is consequently crucial to adapt quickly to fast-moving technology and to act on new trends in order to nurture the rail sector’s attractiveness and competitiveness.
The UIC Talent & Expertise Development Platform accepted the challenge and formed a group of signalling and infrastructure experts from Austria, Belgium, Norway, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands to develop ERTMS learning modules via a web portal access platform.
This approach using an internet portal enhances the experience of knowledge for the learners using a frame work of modules assisting with the transition from the analogue track-based philosophy to one that is digitally based.
We have the pleasure to announce that the first free e-learning module, which focuses on the basic principles of railway safety and signalling, is now available at the following link: http://www.railtalent.org/ertms/module-1/
A further four modules are planned. These will enhance the learners’ ERTMS knowledge in more detail from the perspective of four main stakeholders: the train driver, the dispatcher, the rolling stock fleet owner and the rail infrastructure manager.
The development of these modules is in progress with support from the UIC Talent & Expertise Development Programme.