Well, it’s official now. ERTMS is too complicated and Dutch transport minister Eurlings will now consider an alternative train protection system, as as fallback solution, to finally get the much delayed HSL-Zuid line into operation. The combined signalling industry has miserably failed to deliver a truly interoperable, but more importantly, reliable, signalling system for this high speed line and has delayed its opening by years, at great expense to the Dutch taxpayer. No doubt there will be much naming, blaming and shaming, so no need to join that chorus here. Just one simple conclusion, ERTMS stil is not ready for deployment, or the signalling Industry isn’t. What’s the difference anyway?