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Make Rail The Hope for protecting Nature

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 265647

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 April 2011

  • End date

    30 September 2014

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 457 959,79

  • EU contribution

    € 2 699 992

Coordinated by:

RINA CONSULTING SPA

Italy

Objective

MARATHON aims at extracting the maximum productivity from the existing rail infrastructure for producing efficiency, reducing operating costs and attracting new traffic to rail.
This represents a market requirement for producing efficiency, reducing operating costs and attracting new traffic to rail. In fact, due to its fragmentation, the railway system efficiency is created through harmonisation and standardisation of the operating rules generating uniformity in the EU Rail Freight space as far as allowed by the existing infrastructure. In pursuing this overall objective the fast implementation of technologies and business solutions capable of delivering operational and visible cost effective results, is a fundamental improvement.
MARATHON project is scheduled to prove a business case by demonstrating the effectiveness of the introduction up to market uptake of longer and heavier trains on a selected high-volume Trans European freight corridor. This would be achieved taking into account that the upgrade of the maximum speed for freight trains on currently constrained line sections up to 100/120 km/h with old or new generation wagons secures better trains’ paths for improved service performance. In fact, the bundling of volumes combining conventional and intermodal traffic whenever applicable between large scale terminals/hubs/yards is expected to generate the critical mass to foster the industrialized production of advanced rail freight services. This would be supported by the ability to rejuvenate the system by adopting management, booking, trains priorities and emergency management tools.
MARATHON would become an example for an extension to other part of the EU network contributing to create an agreed EU standard, facilitating the adoption of recognised Safety Rules and a step change towards achieving greater effectiveness on Rail Tracks delivering the EU citizens the ultimate results of improving the use of an environment friendly transport modality.

Coordinator

RINA CONSULTING SPA

Address

Via Cecchi 6
16129 Genova

Italy

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 404 559

Administrative Contact

Valerio Recagno (Mr.)

Participants (17)

NEW OPERA AISBL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 465 698

ALSTOM TRANSPORT SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 179 403

TRAFIKVERKET - TRV

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 65 233

STADLER RAIL VALENCIA SAU

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 243 404

FAIVELEY TRANSPORT ITALIA SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 319 310

SCHWEIZER ELECTRONIC AG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 155 289

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 45 714

SNCF RESEAU

France

EU Contribution

€ 131 196

SOCIETE NATIONALE DES CHEMINS DE FER BELGES

Belgium

SNCF MOBILITES

France

EU Contribution

€ 314 601

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA TOR VERGATA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 71 712

UNION INTERNATIONALE DES CHEMINS DE FER

France

EU Contribution

€ 27 271

UNION DES INDUSTRIES FERROVIAIRES EUROPEENNES - UNIFE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 103 912

CERONTECH SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 94 321

Kombiverkehr Deutsche Gesellschaft fur kombinierten Guterverkehr mbH & Co KG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 27 848

FS LOGISTICA SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 4 350

CREATECH SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 46 171

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 265647

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 April 2011

  • End date

    30 September 2014

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 457 959,79

  • EU contribution

    € 2 699 992

Coordinated by:

RINA CONSULTING SPA

Italy