The project covers research related to all types of freight and passenger rail services. This includes research into interaction with other modes within the transport system (high speed rail, conventional rail, urban rail and co-modal services) and the implementation of such research. Also supporting the various activities of the European Rail Research Advisory Council in 2008 and beyond, and to favour the sustainable mobility of European citizens.
ERRAC-ROADMAP is a Level 1 Coordination and Support Action Project, aiming at the very important area of coordinating rail research activities. This project is an essential coordination tool to ensure that the ERRAC 2020 Vision can be turned into a reality. Without effective coordination to ensure the relevance and applicability of the rail research activities, it is impossible to prioritise the innovative methodologies and technologies for more competitive rail transport operations.
The objective is to deliver ROADMAPS to guide rail research in order to provide a rail option that is reliable, environmentally friendly, efficient and economic to customers.
The roadmaps will address the various activities. The ERRAC-ROADMAP project will contribute to translate, monitor and disseminate to the whole European industry the strategic recommendations and guidelines of the SRRA.
ERRAC-ROADMAP is a Coordination and Support Action Project. It has delivered ROADMAPS to guide rail research, and provided rail options that are reliable, environmentally friendly, efficient and economic to customers. To ensure that the railway mode will remain a green transport mode, ERRAC-ROADMAP defined the necessary research activities to carry out at the European level.
Railways are very energy efficient compared to other modes of motorised transport. Therefore, rail transport has the capability to play a key role in a sustainable transport system. These strengths need to be emphasized in the political decision-making process. The ERRAC-ROADMAP project helps to channel research, researchers and customers towards rail.
To stay economically competitive and to act socially responsible towards the environment, railways must continue to increase their energy efficiency. Currently, railways are the most energy-efficient and green transport mode. For further improvement, research is needed. Not only on energy efficiency and eco-design, but also on reduction of ground-borne vibration and noise.
Innovative and new techniques have been brought to the attention of stakeholders. Also experience and study results have been communicated, in this Coordination and Support Action Project.
Innovating for the future (technology and behaviour): A European Transport Research and Innovation Policy.