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"MAINtenance, renewaL and Improvement of rail transport iNfrastructure to reduce Economic and environmental impacts"

Objective

"Growth in demand for rail transportation across Europe is predicted to continue. Much of this growth will have to be accommodated on existing lines that contain old infrastructure. This demand will increase both the rate of deterioration of these elderly assets and the need for shorter line closures for maintenance or renewal interventions. However, interventions on elderly infrastructure will also need to take account of the need for lower economic and environmental impacts. This means that new interventions will need to be developed. In addition tools will need to be developed to inform decision makers about the economic and environmental consequences of different intervention options being considered.
MAINLINE proposes to address all these issues through a series of linked work packages that will target at least €300m per year savings across Europe with a reduced environmental footprint in terms of embodied carbon and other environmental benefits. It will:
- Apply new technologies to extend the life of elderly infrastructure
- Improve degradation and structural models to develop more realistic life cycle cost and safety models
- Investigate new construction methods for the replacement of obsolete infrastructure
- Investigate monitoring techniques to complement or replace existing examination techniques
- Develop management tools to assess whole life environmental and economic impact.
The consortium includes leading railways, contractors, consultants and researchers from across Europe, including from both Eastern Europe and the emerging economies. Partners also bring experience on approaches used in other industry sectors which have relevance to the rail sector.
Project benefits will come from keeping existing infrastructure safely in service through the application of technologies and interventions based on life cycle considerations. Although MAINLINE will focus on certain asset types, the management tools developed will be applicable across a broader asset base."

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/civil engineering/transportation engineering/railroad engineering

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2011-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

UNION INTERNATIONALE DES CHEMINS DE FER
Address
Rue Jean Rey 16
75015 Paris
France
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 373 800
Administrative Contact
Aline Wego (Ms.)

Participants (20)

SERVICE D'ETUDES TECHNIQUES DES ROUTES ET AUTOROUTES

Participation ended

France
EU contribution
€ 76 320
Address
Avenue Aristide Briand 46
92223 Bagneux Cedex
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christian Cremona (Mr.)
NETWORK RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 58 800
Address
1 Eversholt Street
NW1 2DN London
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
David Castlo (Mr.)
COWI AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 308 350
Address
Parallelvej 2
2800 Kongens Lyngby
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mette Sloth (Ms.)
MOUCHEL LIMITED*
United Kingdom
Address
Export House, Cawsey Way
GU21 6QX Woking
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sam Luke (Prof.)
UNIVERSITY OF SURREY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 322 280
Address
Stag Hill
GU2 7XH Guildford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maria Sega-Buhalis (Ms.)
TWI LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 207 000
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Amanda Beeson (Ms.)
UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 155 340
Address
Largo Do Paco
4704 553 Braga
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rui Reis (Prof.)
LULEA TEKNISKA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 338 800
Address
Universitetsomradet Porson
971 87 Lulea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Carina Hannu (Ms.)
DEUTSCHE BAHN AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 65 100
Address
Potsdamer Platz 2
10785 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andrea Schaer (Ms.)
MAV MAGYAR ALLAMVASUTAK ZARTKORUEN MUKODO RT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 47 700
Address
Konyves Kalman Korut 54-60
1087 Budapest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Csaba Hokstok (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 123 606
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Cristina Costa Leja (Ms.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Austria
EU contribution
€ 133 616
Address
Rechbauerstrasse 12
8010 Graz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Claudia Kaufmann
TURKIYE CUMHURIYETI DEVLET DEMIR YOLLARI ISLETMESI GENEL MUDURLUGU
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 72 480
Address
Talatpasa Bulvari 5 Gar Altindag
06330 Ankara
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Salih Akbaykal (Mr.)
Damill AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 43 200
Address
Storgatan 11
SE97238 Lulea
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Inger Larsson (Ms.)
COMSA SAU
Spain
EU contribution
€ 60 000
Address
Calle Viriato 47
08014 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Joan Peset (Mr.)
TRAFIKVERKET - TRV
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 79 980
Address
Roda Vagen 1
781 89 Borlange
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Linda Tonvall Nilsson (Mrs.)
CENTRE D ETUDES ET D EXPERTISE SUR LES RISQUES L ENVIRONNEMENT LA MOBILITE ET L AMENAGEMENT
France
Address
25 Av Francois Mitterrand
69500 Bron
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christian Cremona (Mr.)
ARTTIC
France
EU contribution
€ 168 000
Address
Rue Du Dessous Des Berges 58A
75013 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eric Papon (Dr.)
SKANSKA AS
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 23 000
Address
Libalova 1 2348
14900 Prague
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Viola Venclova (Ms.)
SINCLAIR KNIGHT MERZ (EUROPE) LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 315 581
Address
St Marys Parsonage Alberton House 30
M3 2WJ Manchester
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Simon James Walters (Mr.)