Increasing Capacity 4 Rail networks through enhanced infrastructure and optimised operations (CAPACITY4RAIL)

In 2011, the White Paper on European Transport reasserted how fundamental transport was for society, for the mobility of European citizens and for the growth and vitality of the European eomy.CAPACITY4RAIL will deliver research that is innovative, prepares rail for the future and takes into account results from previous research projects and programmes. The project builds on previous useable results and will deliver both technical demonstrations and system wide guidelines and recommendations that will be the basis for future research and investment, increasing the capacities of rail networks in the future.The time used for infrastructure monitoring, maintenance and renewal means down time. New cepts for low maintenance infrastructure, using standardized and plug-and-play cepts will be proposed. Non-intrusive innovative monitoring techniques or self-monitoring infrastructure will be investigated, allowing low or no impact on train operations.The fragility of some key component of the infrastructure system (especially in extreme weather ditions) such as switches may impact the efficiency of the whole system. The resilience of switches to any kind of known failure will be reinforced, as well as the ability of the operation system to recover from incidents.Capacity enhancements will also be achieved by higher speed freight vehicles, allowing an optimized interleaving of freight trains into mixed traffic, and improved planning models for operation.Intermodal integration within the global transport system will be improved through enhanced transhipment of passengers and freight.CAPACITY4RAIL will also look towards 2030/2050, by proposing guidelines for future deployments in the mid-term, recommendations for technologies to de developed and deployed in the long term and investigating the key opportunities for funding these within national and EU funding schemes.

Partner organizations

  • Instytut Kolejnictwa (Private, Poland)
  • TRL Limited (Private, United Kingdom)
  • Newopera Aisbl (Private, Belgium)
  • Arttic (Private, France)
  • ACCIONA Infrastructures (Private, Spain)
  • European Federation Of Railway Trackworks Contractors (Private, Luxemburg)
  • Knorr-Bremse Systeme Fur Schienenfahrzeuge Gmbh Kb (Private, Germany)
  • Instituto Superior Tecnico (Research Institute, Portugal)
  • Societe Nationale des Chemins de fer Francais (Public, France)
  • Fundacion De La Comunidad Valenciana Para La Investigacion, Promocion Y Estudios Comerciales De Valenciaport (Private, Spain)
  • Turkiye Cumhuriyeti Devlet Demir Yollari Isletmesi Genel Mudurlugu (Private, Turkey)
  • Universidade do Porto (Academic, Portugal)
  • Fundacion Ferrocarriles Espanoles (Private, Spain)
  • Sapienza University of Rome (Academic, Italy)
  • Vossloh Cogifer Sa (Private, France)
  • Linköping University (Academic, Sweden)
  • Technische Universität Dresden (Academic, Germany)
  • University of Sheffield (Academic, United Kingdom)
  • Vae Gmbh (Private, Austria)
  • Vossloh (Private, Germany)
  • Kockums Industrier Ab (Private, Sweden)
  • Cargosped Spolka Z Ograniczona Odpowiedzialnoscia (Private, Poland)
  • Newcastle University (Academic, United Kingdom)
  • French institute of science and technology for transport, spatial planning, development and networks (IFSTTAR) (Research Institute, France)
  • Oltis Group As (Private, Czech Republic)
  • The University of Huddersfield (Academic, United Kingdom)
  • Administrador de Infraestructuras Ferroviarias (Private, Spain)
  • Union des Industries Ferroviaires Europeennes (Unife) (Private, Belgium)
  • Ingenieria Y Economia Del Transporte S.A. (Private, Spain)
  • Systra Sa (Private, France)
  • Deutsche Bahn (Public, Germany)
  • Adevice Solutions S.L. (Private, Spain)
  • Comsa Sau (Private, Spain)
  • Union Internationale Des Chemins De Fer (Private, France)
  • Centro de Estudios y Experimentacion de Obras Publicas (Cedex) (Research Institute, Spain)
  • Rede Ferroviaria Nacional (Private, Portugal)
  • Societe De Transports De Vehicules Automobiles Sa (Private, France)
  • Van Dieren Sweden Ab (Private, Sweden)
  • Uppsala University (Academic, Sweden)
  • Ansaldo STS (Private, Italy)
  • University of Birmingham (Academic, United Kingdom)
  • Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd (Private, United Kingdom)
  • Swedish Transport Administration (Public, Sweden)
  • Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) (Academic, Sweden)
  • Reseau Ferre De France Epic (Private, France)
Start date 01/10/2013
End date The project is closed: 30/09/2017

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