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The sustainable freight railway: Designing the freight vehicle – track system for higher delivered tonnage with improved availability at reduced cost

Objective

A sustainable and efficient freight transport in Europe plays a vital role in having a successful and competitive economy. Freight transport is expected to grow by some 50 % (in tonne-kilometres) by 2020. However rail has, in many areas, been displaced from a dominant position as road transport services have grown and developed in capability and levels of sophistication that have not been matched by rail service providers.
SUSTRAIL aims to contribute to the rail freight system to allow it to regain position and market and the proposed solution is based on a combined improvement in both freight vehicle and track components in a holistic approach aimed at achieving a higher reliability and increased performance of the rail freight system as a whole and profitability for all the stakeholders. The SUSTRAIL integrated approach is based on innovations in rolling stock and freight vehicles (with a targeted increased in speed and axle-load) combined with innovations in the track components (for higher reliability and reduced maintenance), whose benefits to freight and passenger users (since mixed routes are considered) are quantified through the development of an appropriate business case with estimation of cost savings on a life cycle basis. In fact, a holistic approach to vehicle and track sustainability has to be taken, since improvements in track design and materials alone are not enough as demands on the rail system increase.
Contributions from the different topic areas (vehicles, track, operations) will be demonstrated on real routes, offering geographic dispersion as well as differences in type, speed, and frequency of traffic.
A strong multidisciplinary consortium committed to concrete actions aligned toward a common outcome has been grouped for the achievement of the challenging objectives of the project with a balanced combination of Infrastructure managers, freight operators and Industry, including Large and Small enterprises, with support from Academia.

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2010-RTD-1
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Coordinator

CONSORZIO PER LA RICERCA E LO SVILUPPO DI TECNOLOGIE PER IL TRASPORTO INNOVATIVO
Address
Centro Ricerche Enea Della Trisaia - Ss 106 Km 419+500
75026 Rotondella
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 006 435
Administrative Contact
Donato Zangani (Mr.)

Participants (30)

NETWORK RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 401 050
Address
1 Eversholt Street
NW1 2DN London
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Paul Richards (Mr.)
NATIONAL RAILWAY INFRASTRUCTURE COMPANY
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 27 150
Address
Maria Luiza Boulevard 110
1233 Sofia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Giulietta Marinova-Popova (Mrs.)
ADMINISTRADOR DE INFRAESTRUCTURAS FERROVIARIAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 91 799
Address
Calle Hiedra Est Chamartin Edificio 23 Sn
28036 Madrid
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bernardo Cabrera (Mr.)
BDZ - TOVARNI PREVOZI EOOD
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 16 320
Address
Ul Ivan Vazov 3
1080 Sofia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dilkinska Irina (Mrs.)
LUCCHINI RS SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 92 757
Address
Via Oberdan 6/A
25128 Brescia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Steven Cervello (Mr.)
MER MEC SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 255 200
Address
Via Oberdan 70
70043 Monopoli
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Annamaria Cavaliere (Ms.)
GRUPPO CLAS SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 120 675
Address
Via Serviliano Lattuada 20
20135 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Carlo Vaghi (Mr.)
MARLO AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 79 800
Address
Tryms Vei 6
1445 Heer
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roland Frindik (Mr.)
AUTORITATEA FEROVIARA ROMANA
Romania
EU contribution
€ 80 173
Address
Calea Grivitei 393 Sector 1
010719 Bucuresti
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ioan Gheorghe Buciuman (Mr.)
Damill AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 77 804
Address
Storgatan 11
SE97238 Lulea
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dan Larsson (Mr.)
TATA STEEL UK LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 110 002
Address
18 Grosvenor Place
SW1X 7HS London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jay Jaiswal (Dr.)
Ecoplan Mueller, Neuenschwander, Sommer, Suter & Walter
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 59 643
Address
Thunstrasse 22
3005 Bern
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
René Neuenschwander (Mr.)
HIGHER SCHOOL OF TRANSPORT - TODOR KABLESHKOV
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 38 100
Address
Geo Milev Street 158
1574 Sofia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kiril Karagyozov (Prof.)
UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 728 900
Address
Kings Gate
NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nicola Dolman (Ms.)
LULEA TEKNISKA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 339 283
Address
Universitetsomradet Porson
971 87 Lulea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Uday Kumar (Prof.)
THE MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 22 308
Address
Oxford Road All Saints Building
M15 6BH Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lawrie Grant (Mr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT BERLIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 118 800
Address
Strasse Des 17 Juni 135
10623 Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Simone Ludwig (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 401 975
Address
Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT Leeds
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Martin Hamilton (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 382 480
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Joanne Watson (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 106 186
Address
Calle Ramiro De Maeztu 7 Edificio Rectorado
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gonzalo Leon (Prof.)
KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 333 619
Address
Brinellvagen 8
100 44 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ann-Britt Hansen (Ms.)
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 272 093
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Simonetta Danesi (Ms.)
Petersburg State Transport University
Russia
EU contribution
€ 22 500
Address
Moscovsky Prospect 9
190031 Saint Petersburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anna Orlova (Dr.)
GEORGIAN TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
Georgia
EU contribution
€ 26 370
Address
Kostava 77
0175 Tbilisi
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
George Tumanishvili (Mr.)
UNION INTERNATIONALE DES CHEMINS DE FER
France
EU contribution
€ 212 700
Address
Rue Jean Rey 16
75015 Paris
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Aline Wego (Ms.)
UNION DES INDUSTRIES FERROVIAIRES EUROPEENNES - UNIFE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 163 600
Address
Avenue Louise 221
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Michael Bayley (Mr.)
UZINA DE VAGOANE AIUD SA
Romania
EU contribution
€ 377 642
Address
Vulcan 2-10
515200 Aiud
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Barbuceanu Florin (Mr.)
KES KESCHWARI ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS GMBH & CO KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 185 900
Address
Reihekamp 16
30890 Barsinghausen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Silvia Dettmer (Ms.)
HOLDING BULGARIAN STATE RAILWAYS EAD
Bulgaria
Address
Ul Ivan Vazov 3
1080 Sofia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rumiana Koleva (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF HUDDERSFIELD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 448 669
Address
Queensgate
HD1 3DH Huddersfield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Denise Ogden (Ms.)