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Solutions and Processes to Enhance the Competitiveness of Transport by Rail in Unexploited Markets

Objective

Modern manufacturing techniques and logistics require reliable, time sensitive delivery of lower density and higher value goods. This presents a market opportunity for rail freight to grow, partly due to increasing congestion on roads, and mainly due to the need for reliable and environment friendly transport of goods. At the same time, to meet customer requirements, rail freight has to rise to the challenge of needing to be reliable and available, as well as complying with other market demands. Depending on the market segment these may be faster transport time, specialised goods systems, tracking and tracing, greater flexibility, lower prices or premium services. Furthermore in congested situations rail freight may have a competitive advantage compared to other modes of traffic.SPECTRUM will develop a railfreight train that provides a higher speed service for high value, low density and time sensitive goods with the performance characteristics of a passenger train. SPECTRUM takes a longer term, radical and first principles approach to deliver a new railfreight offering that can compete with road and air in the growing sectors of logistics where railfreight has traditionally little to offer. We shall work towards a freight train that: Behaves like a passenger train in terms of speed, acceleration, braking, momentum: allowing full scheduling on urban and sub urban train networks;Has a standardised and universal power supply system for the delivery of power to temperature controlled containers (reefers) in a controllable fashion.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

Address

Kings Gate
Ne1 7ru Newcastle Upon Tyne

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 666 471,38

Administrative Contact

Deborah Grieves (Ms.)

Participants (23)

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PROCTER & GAMBLE EUROCOR N.V.

Belgium

TRAFIKVERKET - TRV

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 55 195

GRUPPO CLAS SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 182 905

THE MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 2 813,26

PANTEIA BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 201 564

Railistics GmbH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 129 000

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 204 152

MARLO AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 73 500

UNION INTERNATIONALE DES CHEMINS DE FER

France

EU Contribution

€ 151 800

KOCKUMS INDUSTRIER AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 66 289,20

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 113 280

TFK - TRANSPORTFORSK AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 61 685

INNOVATRAIN AG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 18 600

TURKIYE CUMHURIYETI DEVLET DEMIR YOLLARI ISLETMESI GENEL MUDURLUGU

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 16 200

I.LOG INIZIATIVE LOGISTICHE SRL*

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 79 200

EUROPEAN INTERMODAL ASSOCIATION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 37 309,03

COOPERATIEVE BLOEMENVEILING FLORAHOLLAND U.A.

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 13 219

Green Cargo AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 15 000

PROCTER & GAMBLE SERVICES COMPANY NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 21 309

FAIVELEY TRANSPORT TOURS

France

EU Contribution

€ 340 794

NETWORK RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 19 050

UNIVERSITY OF HUDDERSFIELD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 170 556,73

NTNET AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 145 646,40

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 266192

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2011

  • End date

    30 April 2015

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 290 939,41

  • EU contribution

    € 2 785 539

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

United Kingdom