Rail Technical Strategy Europe

Rail Technical Strategy Europe

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Rail is a vital service to european society and the transport backbone of a strong economy. It has an unprecedented opportunity to achieve the sustainability it requires for the twenty first century. By doing so, it will be able to respond to the expected growth in transport demand, both passenger and freight.

In order to describe the associated challenges, in 2013 the railway community developed the business-led document “Challenge 2050”. This was based upon the influences of key sector stakeholders, passengers, shippers, our neighbours, suppliers and rail operators. The vision highlights what Europe’s interoperable railway should look like in 2050. The sector made a commitment in challenge 2050 to address how that vision should be attained and this rail technical strategy is the next phase in that process. To start the process of addressing the contents of the vision, the railway operating community has prepared this Rail Technical Strategy Europe structured around the core themes set out in challenge 2050 and which develops its technical pillar. This will enable the sector to exploit its opportunities to satisfy customer requirements and develop the rail system of the future accordingly.

The Technical pillar expanded the European rail sector must increasingly rely on its ability to exploit a stream of innovation so as to improve delivery of smart solutions across all our key outcomes: accessibility, capacity, safety, consistency, security, connectivity, value for money, sustainability (environmental, social and economic) and performance. This will help the sector to prepare for the challenges of how the future system is designed, constructed, operated and maintained.