4th Railway Package - Technical Pillar

 

Since 1991, the European railway sector has constantly been reformed by the European Union. The 4th Railway Package, which was adopted in 2016 is by far the largest and most complex legal initiative introduced so far. The 4th Railway Package consists of a political and a technical pillar which introduce substantial reforms for all stakeholders concerned. 

This Guide illustrates in four different chapters the reforms in the field of vehicle authorisation, safety certification and ERTMS trackside approval as well as the new role of the European Union Agency for Railways as ‘frequently asked questions’. Given the fact that the implementation of the 4th Railway Package is an ongoing process, the Guide will be updated on a regular basis, in line with the progress of the reforms being made on EU level.

Prof Andy Doherty
Chairman of the Group of Representative Bodies (GRB)

 
  • 16/06/2018: Potential date for the start of the shadow running for vehicle authorisation, approvals of ERTMS track-side component tenders and safety certifications;
  • 18/01/2019: ERA IT portal (OSS) – Version 1.00
  • 16/06/2019: ERA to issue vehicle authorisations, approvals of ERTMS track-side component tenders and safety certificates in those MSs which have transposed the Interoperability and the Safety Directive into national law on that date;
  • 16/06/2020: ERA to issue vehicle authorisations, approvals of ERTMS track-side component tenders and safety certificates in all MSs which have asked for 1 additional transitional year and have transposed 2016/797 and 2016/798 into national law on that date;
  • 16/06/2021: European Vehicle Register (EVR) expected to be operational.
  • 2021: Register of the Infrastructure (RINF) expected to be ready and fully update according to the 4RP process for the VA.