Zevenaar is at the eastern end of the Betuweroute dedicated freight line serving the port of Rotterdam. The measure aims to minimise infrastructure on the short section and eliminate multiple signalling systems on the line that in addition to freight, is used by high-speed services equipped with ETCS between Amsterdam and Frankfurt.

As a first step, the Dutch ATB-EG system will be removed between the Dutch/German border and Emmerich, Germany leaving just the German PZB signalling system. In December, a new transition system will be introduced between ETCS and the German STM-PZB.