‘More investment is needed for research and innovation to boost European rail’

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To maximise the potential of the railway sector, more investment is needed for research, says the European Rail Research Advisory Council (ERRAC) in a new ‘Manifesto of Future Mobility’ published this week.

In the manifesto, ERRAC strongly recommends that policy makers, regulators, and governments throughout Europe recognise railways’ essential role within the overall transport mix, and support its enhancement for the benefit of the environment and Europe’s citizens. “This includes unleashing the innovative potential of the rail sector by supporting and resourcing increased research and innovation at a European level”, writes ERRAC in it’s manifesto.

“To unleash rail’s crucial potential towards a greener future, policy makers and governments must foster and invest in continuous research and innovation in the rail sector”, said Roland Moser, Chair of ERRAC.

ERRAC was established in 2001 to serve as a single European body with both the competence and capability to help revitalise the EU’s rail sector and make it more competitive by fostering innovation and guiding research efforts at European level. Building on the results of its predecessor (Shift2Rail), the new research Joint Undertaking Europe’s Rail will accelerate the evolution and transformation of the rail system and increase rail’s market contribution, fostering the mobility of European citizens and protecting the natural environment.

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Author: Esther Geerts

Editor RailTech.com

1 comment op “‘More investment is needed for research and innovation to boost European rail’”

bönström bönström|04.06.22|13:26

Earlier “R&D”, now has shifted to Research and Innovation, a needed innovation, or? Anyhow railways is mature and research is not what now is missing…
However capacity is. Utilisation of assets is low. Punctuality as well…
All other devices, by sea and by air, etc. add load capacity, for lower costs. With remained high costs at rails, track tariffs can not sustainably be lowered… Axial load, safely allowing for 32,5 ton, a not big innovation?, now decisively should add to capacity, etc.!

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