MOVINGRAIL final project dissemination event

On 8th December 2020 the MOVINGRAIL project team picked up their Microsoft Teams links and presented an overview of this 2-year project to a world-wide audience from academia and industry.


Prof Dr Rob Goverde opened the event with a short overview of the project and introduced each of the themes. He reminded the audience about the project, which aimed to:

  • Identify operational procedures and testing methods for moving block signalling.
  • Assess communication technologies and impacts of virtual coupling on different railway markets.

Having met as a project team throughout 2019, it all changed by March 2020. However, despite the challenges associated with Covid-19, we found engagement with the project remained high due to the convenience of attending meetings and workshops virtually and the team achieved all 10 deliverables of the project. These can be seen at

These were detailed by the Work Package leaders:

WP1: Operation Analysis of Train Centric Signalling – Jörn Pachl (TU Braunschweig)

WP2: Approaches for Testing Moving Block Signalling – Lei Chen (University of Birmingham)

WP3: Communication Technology for Virtual Coupling – Bill Redfern (PARK Signalling)

WP4: Business Analysis of Virtual Coupling – Egidio Quaglietta (TU Delft)

The recording of the full event is available in two parts, and can be found in the Events page of the website:

Further details may be obtained from the project team; details are on


The project will bring forward innovative concepts of “moving-block” railway traffic operations by (1) advancing testing methods for ETCS Level 3 and (2) Analysing Virtual Coupling which will lead to convoys of automated trains under cooperative adaptive control.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 826347.