This Thematic Research Summary (TRS) covers rail research under the Sixth and Seventh Framework Programmes (FP6 and FP7) and research projects carried out in the Member States under national programmes. The publication presents research on improving interoperability and safety of national networks
This Thematic Research Summary on rail transport aims to provide the reader with a synthesis of results of completed European research projects related to that theme. This is done spearately for three sub-themes identified as important in the rail-related research reported in this summary.
Railways deliver important economic, social and environmental benefits, particularly important when considering the current policy and societal emphasis on sustainable transport. It is increasingly useful in relieving traffic congestion and reducing road accident numbers. This paper provides a