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Needs Tailored Interoperable Railway

PROJECTS
Funding
European
European Union
Duration
-
Geo-spatial type
Other
Total project cost
€5 467 305
EU Contribution
€5 453 555
Project website
Project Acronym
NeTIRail-INFRA
STRIA Roadmaps
Infrastructure (INF)
Transport mode
Rail icon
Transport policies
Societal/Economic issues,
Digitalisation,
Deployment planning/Financing/Market roll-out
Transport sectors
Passenger transport,
Freight transport

Overview

Call for proposal
H2020-MG-2014_TwoStages
Link to CORDIS
Background & Policy context

The Needs Tailored Interoperable Railway project (NeTIRail-INFRA) takes a holistic view of capacity, reliability, customer expectations, and the economics of rail transportation, including understanding the wider economic and societal impact of rail infrastructure investments. NeTIRail-INFRA focuses on infrastructure challenges affecting the large number of people and the large geographical proportion of Europe (especially recent accession countries) that are served by conventional rail lines (only just over 4% of lines in the EU are ‘high speed’, > 200km/h). These conventional lines have huge potential for a step change in productivity and impact to European passengers. NeTIRail-INFRA will focus on unlocking this currently unmet capability.

 

Technical developments will focus on track, power supply and support of new smart services, using modular solutions with multiple applications in different locations, thereby reducing planning cycles, enabling a lean design process for new installation and retro-fit. Demonstration of real-time monitoring of critical infrastructure components using IT, satellite navigation and broadband telecommunication will also be provided. The accompanying economic and societal impact research is packaged as decision support tools to implement the findings in management of the rail network, differentiating NeTIRail-INFRA from purely technical projects, ensuring its outputs have a real market, and achieve genuine impact. The project will target the Shift2Rail priorities of enhancing capacity, increasing the reliability and quality of services, and reducing life cycle costs – across the rail systems of Europe.

Objectives

NeTIRail-INFRA aims support society by improving the productivity and economic viability of rail transportation through intelligently tailored infrastructure solutions, linked with the business and financial case to ensure there is an overall net benefit to society and that individual industry players have the right incentives to implement the solutions. The solutions will address growing demand for already busy services, and future growth of underutilised (“low density”) lines, with technical solutions for track, power supply and support of new smart services.

NeTIRail-INFRA will support growing passenger demands on already busy areas of the European rail network, and also in areas with the potential for significant future growth. It considers infrastructure in terms of track, power supply, smart monitoring technology and integration of new technology into legacy systems. It considers both societal and economic impacts of the rail transport network. The five project objectives are:

  • Cost-efficient, high-capacity infrastructure: To establish the balance and interaction between investment cost, recurring operational cost, component life, and maintenance requirements for infrastructure to achieve the best societal and economic outcomes for different categories of railway. Case studies will be used to focus this study on three categories of line: (i) a busy capacity limited passenger railway, (ii) underutilised rural/secondary “low density” line, and (iii) a freight dominated route.
  • Improve the reliability and availability of rail operations: To tailor technical infrastructure solutions appropriate to each line category (i) to (iii) for track and overhead line power supply, to improve reliability and availability (~20%) at viable cost.
  • Holistic and intelligent management: To create decision support tools to achieve installation, maintenance and inspection of infrastructure appropriate to a line, thereby supporting growth at lowest investment and ongoing cost. Support the decision making tools with smart network monitoring and through integration of smart technology with the infrastructure, using methods appropriate for the line type and resources of the railway operation.
  • Economics of rail transportation: To tailor technical solutions to take account of the incentives structures operating in different EU railway systems, and also the vastly different funding, institutional and regulatory environments under which different rail systems operate. Proposals for changes to incentives regimes to support implementation of technical solutions will be developed.
  • Lean implementation strategies: To deliver training documentation and workshops for infrastructure owners, rail operators and maintenance contractors to improve productivity of already busy services, and support future growth of underutilised lines, through appropriate technology choices (targeting capacity utilisation in range 70-90%). Deliver decision support tools to support adoption of project findings, with guidelines and input to revision of standards where this is needed.

Funding

Parent Programmes
Specific funding programme
H2020-EU.3.4.
Other Programme
EC H2020 – INEA - Grant 636237
Funding Source
EC H2020

Partners

Lead Organisation
Organisation
The University Of Sheffield
Address
Firth Court Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, United Kingdom
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€600 218
Partner Organisations
Organisation
S.c. Rc-Cf Trans S.r.l.
Address
Str Oltului 2, 500283 Brasov, Romania
EU Contribution
€274 125
Organisation
Turkiye Cumhuriyeti Devlet Demir Yollari Isletmesi Genel Mudurlugu
Address
Talatpasa Bulvari 5 Gar Altindag, 6330 Ankara, Turkey
EU Contribution
€136 225
Organisation
Slovenske Zeleznice Doo
Address
Kolodvorska Ulica 11, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
EU Contribution
€593 375
Organisation
Intermodal Tasimacilik Ve Lojistikarastirma Dernegi
Address
SUMER 2 SOKAK 33 17, 06440 ANKARA, Turkey
EU Contribution
€163 175
Organisation
Union International Des Chemins De Fer
Address
16 rue Jean Rey, 75015 PARIS, France
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€1 020 675
Organisation
Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet Freiburg
Address
Fahnenbergplatz, 79085 Freiburg, Germany
EU Contribution
€225 000
Organisation
Autoritatea Feroviara Romana
Address
Calea Grivitei 393 Sector 1, 10719 Bucuresti, Romania
EU Contribution
€398 123
Organisation
Statens Geotekniska Institut
Address
Olaus Magnus Vag 35, 58193 Linkoping, Sweden
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€213 950
Organisation
University Of Leeds
Address
University Rd, Leeds, LS2 9JT, United Kingdom
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€470 225
Organisation
Ads-Electronic Research Srl
Address
STRADA GIOVANNI BOCCACCIO 45, 041401 BUCURESTI, Romania
EU Contribution
€474 606
Organisation
Institut Francais Des Sciences Et Technologies Des Transports, De L'amenagement Et Des Reseaux
Address
2, Avenue Du General Malleret-Joinville, 94114 Arcueil, France
EU Contribution
€285 708
Organisation
Technische Universiteit Delft
Address
., 2600 GA Delft, Netherlands
EU Contribution
€598 151

Technologies

Technology Theme
Infrastructure management
Technology
Multimodal terminal infrastructure
Development phase
Research/Invention

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