ERRAC - RAIL 2030 - Research and Innovation Priorities

In December 2017, ERRAC published the “Rail 2050 Vision” setting out a progressive view of what a fully technically transformed railway could look like, and the much wider role it could play in meeting the needs of European citizens and business. To make this vision a reality and set down the foundations of the solutions which will address the highlighted global trends, the sector proposes this Rail 2030 – Research and innovation priorities brochure. This document contains a set of time focused concrete plans based on the identification of the right questions to answer in a ten-year time period (2020-2030) and set meaningful and influential milestones in a logical, coherent chain.

UIP 69th Annual Report 2018

“All endeavour calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil. The fight to the finish spirit is the one characteristic we must possess if we are to face the future as finishers.” Henry David Toreau

Two topics were at the heart of almost all discussions in 2018: the implementation of the 4th Railway Package and of course digitalisation. Adapting to change is difficult and messy but even if the reality of yesterday proves to be wrong today, nobody really knows what the truth for tomorrow will be. 2018 will be remembered as a year of preparing the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA) to cope with its new tasks and fostering common efforts for the development of standardised interfaces to open-up the railway system. 

UIP Application Guide on CEF call for rail freight noise

Guidelines developed by UIP Staff

This UIP Guidelines should facilitate the submission of project proposals for EU funding under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for 2014-2020. 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 reducing rail freight noise, including by retrofitting existing rolling stock.

On 8th January 2019 a new CEF call opened among other priorities, one with an indicative funding of €35 million for reducing rail freight noise, including by retrofitting of existing rolling stock (submission deadline is: 24 April 2019, 17h00 Brussels time)Under the specific objective Actions to be selected under this priority shall concern works to reduce rail freight noise by retrofitting existing freight wagons with composite brake blocks, and where necessary due to extreme weather conditions with disc brakes, in line with Article 13(c) of Regulation (EU) No 1315/2013.
For the first time, the CEF contribution will take the form of unit contribution which simplifies the application process and ensures certainty and transparency in the funding levels. In addition, it simplifies the reporting requirements as no certification or financial statement needs to be provided by the beneficiaries. Furthermore, no Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) is needed.