Studies and Reports

UIP guidelines on CEF calls for telematics

These UIP Guidelines should facilitate the submission of project proposals for EU funding under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). The guidelines have been prepared in a Q&A Format to guide members and individual Keepers through the application process. It focuses on project proposals for telematics under the CEF priority (Rail interoperability).

With this CEF call, the European Commission wants to support activities towards the introduction of predictive and condition-based maintenance. This means in particular that projects aiming at capturing data by installing sensors and telematic devices on freight wagons to track and trace, detect collisions, identify wear and tear and monitor the proper functioning or the condition of rolling stock can be proposed for funding.

Projects for Rail Interoperability & telematics are funded under the TEN-T Multi-Annual Call and should be best submitted as studies that include some deployment activities (e.g. include some testing of sensors/telematic devices in pilot projects) on the Trans European transport network. CEF funding offers 50% reimbursement of the eligible costs for such studies.
The evaluation and selection process for project proposals is managed by INEA, the Commission’s Executive Agency for Innovation and Networks, which is also responsible for awarding the funds and monitoring the realisation of the approved projects under their relevant programmes.

 

ERRAC - RAIL 2050 Vision

During the plenary meeting of the European Rail Research Advisory Council (ERRAC), the Rail stakeholders unanimously endorsed the content and subsequent publication of a Rail 2050 Vision.

The document represents the vision of the rail sector for the needs of the future railway system as the backbone of Europe's mobility. It sets out the important role that rail already plays in delivering economic and societal benefits in Europe and that it has the opportunity to contribute much more, taking advantage of technical developments. It also pushes the key message that the rail sector is able and ready to offer a significant contribution to the solution of mobility expectations in both passenger and freight/logistics and support economic growth, social cohesion, competitive markets, etc. by facilitating mobility.

The key to the delivery of this ambitious vision includes a closer collaboration with the other transport modes so as to put customers at the forefront of all considerations.


JNS Urgent Procedure “Broken wheels” – Short-term measures agreed by the Task Force

Following an increasing number of reports on incidents (broken rims/webs of some wheel types) concerning freight wagons, a JNS Urgent Procedure (JNS UP) “Broken wheels” was kicked off.
Within a short period of time, a task force drafted a proposal for short-term measures for operating and maintaining these types of wheel sets. The agreed target is to reduce the risk of incidents and accidents.
The task force undertook a detailed technical examination of the past incidents. A further and deeper analysis will be done in a dedicated working group in the framework of JNS normal procedure.
 
It is believed that the suggested short-term measures by the task force should be made mandatory and all concerned actors shall implement these as soon as possible. The detailed requirements of the short term measures are defined in the attached document adopted by the JNS Panel.
 
Please, consider that the attached short-term mitigation measures do not constitute a recommendation from UIP. UIP bears no responsibility or liability whatsoever with regard to the content of any advice or measure suggested by the JNS Panel/JNS Task Force.