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

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.
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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)

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NETWORK RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 401 050

NATIONAL RAILWAY INFRASTRUCTURE COMPANY

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 27 150

ADMINISTRADOR DE INFRAESTRUCTURAS FERROVIARIAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 91 799

BDZ - TOVARNI PREVOZI EOOD

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 16 320

LUCCHINI RS SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 92 757

MER MEC SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 255 200

GRUPPO CLAS SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 120 675

MARLO AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 79 800

AUTORITATEA FEROVIARA ROMANA

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 80 173

Damill AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 77 804

TATA STEEL UK LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 110 002

Ecoplan Mueller, Neuenschwander, Sommer, Suter & Walter

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 59 643

HIGHER SCHOOL OF TRANSPORT - TODOR KABLESHKOV

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 38 100

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 728 900

LULEA TEKNISKA UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 339 283

THE MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 22 308

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT BERLIN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 118 800

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 401 975

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 382 480

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 106 186

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 333 619

POLITECNICO DI MILANO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 272 093

Petersburg State Transport University

Russia

EU Contribution

€ 22 500

GEORGIAN TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY

Georgia

EU Contribution

€ 26 370

UNION INTERNATIONALE DES CHEMINS DE FER

France

EU Contribution

€ 212 700

UNION DES INDUSTRIES FERROVIAIRES EUROPEENNES - UNIFE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 163 600

UZINA DE VAGOANE AIUD SA

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 377 642

KES KESCHWARI ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS GMBH & CO KG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 185 900

HOLDING BULGARIAN STATE RAILWAYS EAD

Bulgaria

UNIVERSITY OF HUDDERSFIELD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 448 669

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 265740

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 June 2011

  • End date

    31 May 2015

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 9 347 579,17

  • EU contribution

    € 6 599 933

Coordinated by:

CONSORZIO PER LA RICERCA E LO SVILUPPO DI TECNOLOGIE PER IL TRASPORTO INNOVATIVO

Italy

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