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Verlič and Vinck: supporting further development and implementation of the European Railway Traffic Management System

Yesterday, Mr. Karl Vinck, the European coordinator for the implementation of the European Railway Traffic Management System (ERTMS) arrived on a working visit in Slovenia. Our European guest met the State Secretary, Dr. Peter Verlič, and his colleagues at the Ministry of Transport in order to exchange views and experiences concerning the construction, development and implementation of the planned European corridors, one of them being the railway link Valencia – Lyon – Turin – Trieste – Ljubljana – Budapest (European “D” corridor).

The beginnings of the development and implementation of ERTMS system date back to December 2006, when the transport ministers of Spain, France, Italy and Slovenia signed a Letter of Intent. A year later, Hungary joined the initiative. This initiative marks the moment when the ministers recognised the transition to ERTMS as one of the key instruments to improve interoperability and quality of railway services.
Yesterday’s discussion was mainly focused on the progress already made on the project. Both Mr. Vinck and Mr. Verlič expressed their full support to intensive continuation of work and speeding it up to even overcome the pre-set objectives. The State Secretary underlined the importance of a holistic approach, which he deems both acceptable and most suitable for Slovenia. Namely, the corridor D and the 6th Priority Project overlap in Slovenia, therefore the implementation of individual sub-projects needs to be suitably coordinated and the participation of all countries which the corridor passes needs to be guaranteed.
The European coordinator, Mr. Karl Vinck, gave a detailed presentation of the current progress in the framework of the project. “We are currently in the phase of harmonising technical and technological operative principles, which will enable a smooth flow of trains between all five networks which make up the corridor”, he said.

Dr. Verlič and Mr. Vinck reiterated their full support to the establishment of such transport links, which will enable a smooth transport without interruptions on the railway network. They also stressed that free access to the infrastructure and the realisation of interoperability on this infrastructure are the basic starting points to be taken toward achieving our common objective.