Operations and Performances

Operations Route Compatibility Checks
Operations and Performances




Interoperability of rail operations and traffic management across Europe is crucial for the safety of passenger and freight trains, in particular for cross border services. The EU aims to achieve interoperability in this domain via the implementation of the Technical Specifications for Interoperability for Operation and Traffic Management (TSI OPE) (Regulation (EU) 2019/773). TSI OPE sets the responsibilities between Rail Infrastructure Managers (IMs) and Railway Undertakings (RUs) regarding the operations and traffic management (e.g. train composition issues, on-board equipment failures, emergency evacuation, pre-departure checklists tests, written orders, degraded working and management of emergency situations). 

EIM in action

  • EIM’s OPE Working Group deals with all interfaces between IMs and RUs, notably the definition of communication principles and procedures and the design of new forms of safety-related information;
  • EIM’s OPE experts participate actively in the corresponding EU Agency for Railways’ (ERA) Working Parties, including the ‘ERTMS Operational Harmonisation Working Party’ and the ‘Acceptable Means of Compliance’ WG (AMOC) 
  • The members of EIM – in conjunction with other sectors and ERA – are active in the update of the European Harmonised Operational Instructions for inclusion in the 2022 update.

EIM actions in 2021

  • EIM’s experts contributed to the drafting of the TSI OPE Application Guide and gave comments on the TSI OPE revision, including parameters needed for the route compatibility between a vehicle and the infrastructure;
  • EIM’s OPE WG continued working on the revision of operational harmonisation rules and is working on the enhancement and correction of the EU Instructions included in the OPE TSI.

Outlook 2022

  • The OPE experts involved in the report for the rear end signals / tail lights will work on the final decision to be agreed with the EC and NSAs.
  • EIM will also strengthen the collaboration with EUG (ERTMS Users Group) on some OPE aspects.
  • The experts of the OPE WG will continue working on the ‘Marker Boards Harmonisation’ together with ERA.
  • The experts of the OPE WG will closely monitor the progress of the Appendix A and Appendix C2 with respect to the updating of the European harmonised instructions. 
  • The experts of the OPE WG will continue working closely on the following cross-related topics: DAC (digital automatic coupling), DDD (derailment detection device), TWG Freight (technical working group Freight), AMOC (alternative means of compliance) and ATO (automatic train operations).

EC Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/773

Operations and Performances

Route Compatibility Checks

Facts & context


Before a Railway Undertaking (RU) operates a wagon or locomotive on a specific line, it is required to check that this vehicle is compatible with the relevant route. Articles 21 and 23 of Directive (EU) 2016/797 on Interoperability introduce the process for obtaining authorisation of a vehicle for an area of use and the ‘Route Compatibility Checks’ that must be done to ensure route compatibility before the authorised vehicle(s) can be used. The Technical Specifications for Interoperability on Operations (TSI OPE), Appendix D1 further defines the requirements the RUs have to check. 

EIM in action

  • EIM’s experts are involved in the 2022 package revision of the TSIs.
  • EIM’s experts are involved in the relevant groups and committees of the European Commission and EU Agency for Railways (ERA) regarding the definition of the parameters that are needed for the route compatibility and drafting of the related documents. 

EIM actions in 2021

  • EIM has participated in the Topical Working Group Rolling Stock – Fixed Installations and the corresponding Task Forces Infrastructure Rolling Stock and Energy-Rolling Stock.
  • EIM contributed to ERA’s webinar “Data on Rails”, presenting practical cases related to route compatibility.
  • EIM has collaborated with ERA to consider the route compatibility topics in the evolution of the RINF (register of infrastructure) and ERATV (European Register of Authorised Types of Vehicles).
  • EIM has continued to exchange among the members of the different working groups that manage route compatibility related topics to share emerging barriers and to provide possible solutions.
  • EIM has participated in the workshops organised by CER concerning ‘Route Compatibility Checks’.

Outlook 2022

  • EIM will continue to follow-up the application of the 4th Railway Package, notably the implementation of Articles 21 and 23.
  • EIM’s experts will continue to contribute to the relevant groups and committees of the European Commission and ERA.

Directive (EU) 2016/797

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