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Fostering a positive safety culture

23/11/2020

Learning from the experience of other high-risk industries, the EU Agency for Railways has developed a Safety Culture Model to support the embedding of safe practices within the European rail sector, as Programme Manager Grégory Rolina explains to Nick Kingsley.

  • Fostering a positive safety culture (323.32 KB)
  • EU Agency for Railways continues with EUMedRail project

    15/04/2020

    EU Agency for Railways continues with EUMedRail project - targeting Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Palestine and Lebanon, the EUMedRail project aims to strengthen railway safety and interoperability in the South Mediterranean region.

  • EU Agency for Railways continues with EUMedRail project (97.1 KB)
  • Will ERTMS ever reach critical mass in Europe?

    06/02/2020

    Although the EU only agreed a revised ERTMS deployment for Europe in 2017, the timetable for implementing ETCS is suffering delays, mainly due to infrastructure projects running late and retrofitting of train fleets proceeding at snail pace. As David Briginshaw reports, the EU is now looking for...

  • Will ERTMS ever reach critical mass in Europe? (337.83 KB)
  • Good start for Europe’s one-stop shop

    20/01/2020

    UNDER the European Union’s (EU) Fourth Railway Package, the EU Agency for Railways (ERA) is mandated to issue single safety certificates and vehicle (type) authorisations which will be valid in multiple EU member states. To achieve this, ERA has set up a one-stop shop to deal with all applications...

  • Good start for Europe’s one-stop shop (100.35 KB)
  • Setting a common approach to reducing rail noise pollution

    04/12/2019

    Oscar Martos and Kamil Pravdík , Project Officers in the Fixed Installations and Rolling Stock Unit at the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA), discuss how the European Union has begun to confront railway noise emissions through the creation of the Environmental Noise Directive and how, going...

  • Setting a common approach to reducing rail noise pollution (1.11 MB)
  • Can space technology be used to transform the future of rail?

    26/09/2019

    ERA Executive Director Josef Doppelbauer and his colleagues from Shift2Rail and the European Global Satellite Navigation Systems Agency (GSA) talk about how satellite based technologies will shape the future of railways

  • Can space technology be used to transform the future of rail? (1.53 MB)
  • Simplification to support a dynamic market

    01/04/2019

    ERA’s Head of Planning & Approvals Delivery Unit Thierry Breyne talks about the introduction of the One-Stop-Shop (OSS) in Railway Gazette’s April 2019 edition.

  • Simplification to support a dynamic market (5.41 MB)
  • Einheitlicher europäischer Eisenbahnmarkt: Interview mit Herrn Dr. Doppelbauer

    02/01/2019

    Im Interview spricht Dr. Josef Doppelbauer, Executive Director der Eisenbahnagentur der Europäischen Union über seine Erwartungen an das 4. Eisenbahnpaket und dessen Auswirkungen. Interview with Dr. Josef Doppelbauer on the purpose of the 4th Railway Package and the expected impact.

  • Einheitlicher europäischer Eisenbahnmarkt: Interview mit Herrn Dr Doppelbauer (253.07 KB)
  • Neue Züge „auf Schiene“ bringen - Getting new trains „on track“

    06/09/2018

    In diesem Artikel werden die umfangreichen Maßnahmen beschrieben, mit denen sich die Agentur gemeinsam mit allen Beteiligten auf die neuen Aufgaben vorbereitet. This article describes the extensive actions that the Agency is taking to prepare for the new tasks together with all stakeholders.

  • Getting new trains on track (EN) (1.12 MB) DE
  • Command and Control 4.0

    01/07/2018

    Control, command and signalling are at the core of railway operations – they essentially determine safety and performance of the network. This article is about the future of command and control for railway operations.

  • Command and Control 4.0 (353.75 KB)
  • Rethinking the train control loop

    01/07/2018

    Advances in technology are opening up opportunities for a more decentralised approach to railway command and control systems, which could lead to convergence with other modes…

  • Rethinking the train control loop (182.93 KB)
  • Hyperloop an Innovation for Global Transportation

    01/06/2018

    This article intends to discuss a number of basic questions on the Hyperloop system and its practical application. In addition, some fundamental aspects related to innovation in infrastructure networks are discussed.

  • Hyperloop an Innovation for Global Transportation (396.15 KB) DE
  • The Fourth Railway Package - Magic bullet or missed opportunity

    01/03/2018

    This article is about the contents of the 4th railway package and looks at the challenges facing its implementation.

  • The Fourth Railway Package - Magic bullet or missed opportunity (1.52 MB)
  • Future of track maintenance in harmonised EU legislation (INF TSI)

    12/12/2017

    The article takes a look at the history and present situation regarding track maintenance requirements within EU law. The last part is devoted to the novelties coming from the fourth railway package interoperability directive (EU) 2016/797 and the revision of regulation (EU) No 1299/2014 INF TSI.

  • Future of track maintenance in harmonised EU legislation (INF TSI) (EN) (8.69 MB)
  • Doppelbauer takes the Fourth Railway Package on tour

    01/08/2017

    The agency’s executive director Josef Doppelbauer spoke to IRJ about the rationale for the SERA conferences.

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  • EU Agency for Railways prepares for new role

    01/09/2016

    With recent approval of the Fourth Railway Package, the process for authorising new rail vehicles and certifying train operators is set for a radical overhaul. European Union Agency for Railways executive director Josef Doppelbauer tells IRJ how these processes will be streamlined, harmonised and...

  • EU Agency for Railways prepares for new role (399.23 KB)
  • La certification européenne des conducteurs de train : un progrès pour la sécurité du transport ferroviaire

    15/01/2016

    This article describes the process of train driver certification defined in European Union Directive 2007/59/EC and takes stock of implementation of the Directive in Belgium, Denmark, France and The Netherlands.

  • European train driver certification – Progress for rail transport safety (FR) (12.23 MB)
  • European Railway Agency and development of the TSIs for European High Speed Railway System

    21/10/2015

    An article on ERA contribution to development of the TSIs. The article was published in a Polish railway magazine TTS – Transport Technology Systems (Technika Transportu Szynowego), both in Polish (issue 7-8/2015), and in the special English edition, published on the occasion of international...

  • European Railway Agency and development of the TSIs for European High Speed Railway System (EN) (924.15 KB) PL
  • Rautatie tekniikka 03-2013

    06/11/2013

    Information on the Agency's activities regarding National Rules in Finish Source

  • Rautatie tekniikka 03-2013, p. 39 (FI) (54.57 KB)