PRORAIL, The Netherlands

In 2014, the Dutch government took the Preference Decision about the further roll out of ERTMS in the Netherlands. The decision and supporting document can be found on: Memorandum on Alternatives .

The migration strategy is that first the rolling stock will be equipped with ERTMS and then ERTMS Level 2, only (Baseline 3) will be installed in the infrastructure.

The preparatory work to prepare the tender for the retrofit of the rolling stock and the installation of ERTMS Level 2 only, is done by a program organisation under the leadership of the Dutch Ministry. ProRail and NS are partners in this program. Detail of this organisation can be found at

The lines to be equipped is a combination of the obligations from the European ERTMS Deployment plan and high density lines where capacity increase is necessary. A map of the concerned lines can be found on

On lines where ERTMS is installed, the legacy class B ATP system will be decomissioned. 


Rotterdam harbour

German border, dedicated freight line

  • 110km
  • Maximum line speed 120km/h
  • ERTMS Level 2
  • In commercial service since June 2007
  • Supplier: Alstom
  • The “Havenspoorlijn” (existing line with shunting yards, part of the Betuwe line in the harbour area of Rotterdam) has been equipped with ERTMS Level 1. The existing line side signals remained.

HSL South Amsterdam

Belgian border

  • Section of high speed link Amsterdam-Brussels-Paris
  • 93km
  • Maximum line speed 300km/h
  • ERTMS Level 2 (with a simple level 1 as fall back)
  • Commercial service since 2009
  • Supplier: Siemens/Thales



  • 30km
  • Mixed signalling: ERTMS Level 2 with ATB first Generation
  • Maximum line speed 160km/h
  • Full commercial service beginning 2006 (first part with ATB First Generation- and 2011 (2nd part with ERTMS)
  • Supplier: Bombardier

Hanzelijn (Lelystad)


  • 70km
  • Mixed signalling: ERTMS Level 2 with ATB First Generation
  • Maximum line speed 200km/h
  • Full commercial service end 2012
  • Supplier: Alstom
  • Network installed on the whole railway network, operational since late 2004, no failback to legacy system or fixed telecom network
  • Supplier: Nokia/Siemens
  • Migration of trainborne equipment finalised
  • The legacy telecom network has been put out of service

National lines are fitted either with ATB-EG (first generation) or the ATB-NG (new generation). Train operators (especially freight operators like railion) which run service into Germany could need STM for LZB and Indusi.

External STM’s are availabe on the open market.