Signalling systems & ERTMS


Steven Brown. Ramboll

Steve Brown

UK Market Director, Rail
T: +44 7799 864 156

Doug Green

Business Development Director Australia & NZ, Rail Systems
T: +61 473 333 823
Will Duckett. Ramboll

Will Duckett

Head of Rail, UK
T: +44 23 8081 7500

Over the next 10-15 years, all European countries will need to operate signalling systems based on the European standard, ERTMS, which will enable seamless rail travel across national borders.

Ramboll’s market leading expertise in this area includes the design of the world’s first and largest nationwide ERTMS system. Through many signalling and ERTMS projects, Ramboll has established extensive experience with ERTMS, ETCS and GSM-R radio.

Improving capacity, punctuality and safety

ERTMS will create significant benefits for passengers and freight companies. In many cases this includes improved capacity, better punctuality and improved safety. It will also help ensure that rail transport systems become more competitive and a sustainable alternative to road traffic.

Many countries are developing their strategy for implementing ERTMS, and face significant challenges such as obsolete and unreliable signalling systems. Ramboll can assist infrastructure managers in defining strategies, investigating business cases, project planning, developing technical solutions, and facilitating migration from old to new signalling systems. Ramboll also has the expertise to simulate and analyse scenarios and provide models to improve the capacity of existing lines.

Adding value throughout the project life cycle

In order to establish the most appropriate setup for ERTMS studies, ERTMS projects, and conventional signalling projects we establish a close collaboration with our customers to collaboratively define the best approach. By involving specialist expertise from across our disciplines and international offices, we are able to meet the individual requirements of each project.

Our competencies within signalling systems and ERTMS include:

  • In-depth knowledge of market and suppliers within ERTMS
  • ERTMS strategy and project planning
  • Preparation of business cases and cost/benefit evaluation
  • Requirements specification and tender design (traffic and technical)
  • Procurement and contract strategies
  • Migration strategies focusing on safety and reduction of impact on operation
  • New and updated operational rules
  • System integration, software processes, and interface management
  • Detailed signalling design 
  • Testing and documentation
  • Assistance in relation to authority approvals


Railway in the danish country side

New Danish rail signalling system

Together with an international consortium, Ramboll is renewing the entire signalling system in Denmark in one of the largest domestic rail projects ever.

The Follo Line cuts through South Oslo out of the city (credit: Jernbaneverket)

Norway's largest transport project prepares Oslo for future growth

The 23 km Follo Line railway will connect Oslo to the commuter city of Ski. Currently the largest transport project in Norway, it features Norway's longest railway tunnel (19 km) to allow much faster and more frequent trains to Oslo from the south.

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