This project aimed at considering the strong business imperative to realise more concrete benefits from the acquired experience of railway stakeholders and have this knowledge translated into key fundamentals messages for the future business. It helped to strengthen current actions in the area of benchmarking ( e.g. UIC LICB) and investigated two further specific actions in relation to the Infrastructure Manager’s relationship with supply industry and best practice of life cycle cost management in other related sectors.
The results of the project were as follows:
- Experience were share among members and date were released on maintenance and renewal costs development and its correlation with track quality/geometry, failures, operational performance and asset age and condition.
- The work of leading-edge universities, who currently have active links with member railways in this area (e.g. Technical University of Graz, Austria, Delft University of technology, Netherlands and University of Lausanne, Switzerland)was reviewed.
- Deeper experience with large maintenance and renewal contractors such as within the European Federation of Railway Trackwork Contractors (EFRTC (http://www.efrtc.org/)) was exchanged.
- A specific high level team was appointed to review the above data and draw specific conclusions and recommendations.