Interoperability of the conventional rail system
Integration and harmonisation of the technical standards applying to conventional rail systems enables people and goods to move around more easily, thus promoting the railways as a mode of transport in Europe.
This Directive concerns railway systems and deals with the following areas:
- the essential requirements to be met by the system;
- the technical specifications for interoperability (TSIs), which have to be adopted in accordance with the procedures laid down by the Directive;
- all the other European specifications, including European standards from the European standards bodies: CEN, Cenelec and ETSI.
The full extent and complexity of the trans-European conventional rail network is taken into account. In terms of interoperability, the infrastructure, fixed equipment, logistics systems and rolling stock and the components thereof all play a critical role.
For operating purposes, the overall system is divided into subsystems:
- control and command and signalling;
- rolling stock;
- traffic operation and management;
- telematic applications for passenger and freight services.
Since it was established in 2004, the European Railway Agency européenne has been responsible for drawing up and revising TSIs. The social partners and representatives of users are consulted.
The Directive stipulates that work on common standards should focus first on control and command and signalling, telematic applications for freight services, traffic operation and management (including staff qualifications), freight wagons and noise problems.
After it was revised in 2004, the scope of the Directive was extended to include the entire European conventional railway network in order to supplement the Directive on the high-speed network. It also establishes the conditions that must be met to achieve the interoperability of the trans-European railway network within the Community.
These conditions concern the design, construction, placing in service, upgrading, renewal, operation and maintenance of the parts of this system placed in service after the entry into force of the Directive, as well as the qualifications and health and safety conditions of the staff who contribute to its operation.
This Directive was designed on the basis of the structure and content of the High-Speed Directive. It was amended and supplemented in 2004 in accordance with the Directive on the interoperability of the trans-European high-speed rail system. This new impetus is part of a strategy to revitalise rail transport in Europe and help combat the harmful effects caused by excessive use of road transport.
|Act||Entry into force||Deadline for transposition in the Member States||Official Journal|
|Directive 2001/16/EC [adoption: codecision COD/1999/0252]||20.4.2001||20.4.2003||OJ L 110 of 20.4.2001|
|Amending act(s)||Entry into force||Deadline for transposition in the Member States||Official Journal|
|Directive 2004/50/EC||30.4.2004||30.4.2006||OJ L 164 of 30.4.2004|
|Directive 2007/32/EC||2.6.2007||2.12.2007||OJ L 141 of 2.6.2007|