Information published on 20 March 2018 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 589.

Horizon 2020 EU-funded project NeTIRail-INFRA to hold its final conference on 24 May 2018 in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Please secure your place by registering online at: http://netirail.eu/-News-and-Events-3-

Registration is mandatory and free of charge but only a limited number of participants can be welcomed on a first-come-first-served basis

Conference highlights (programme available at: http://netirail.eu/-News-and-Events-3-)

Wednesday 23 May 2018:
Networking dinner

Thursday 24 May 2018:

  • Presentation of all of the technologies developed within the NeTIRail-INFRA project
  • Demonstrations of sensor technologies and the decision support tools

This public event is open for experts from all across Europe’s rail infrastructure industry and academia.

The NeTIRail-INFRA project is a three-year, 5.4m€ collaborative R&D project funded by the European Commission, sponsored by INEA within the Horizon 2020 programme. NeTIRail is coordinated by The University of Sheffield and has a total of 13 partners from eight different countries.

Background to NeTIRail-INFRA

The NeTIRail-INFRA concept was based on designing railway infrastructure and monitoring tailored to the needs of specific lines to ensure the most cost effective and sustainable solution for different line types and geographical locations.
There is particular emphasis in the project on lesser used lines which are marginally economical and at risk of closure or require substantial public subsidies. As well as the lesser used lines the project also considers capacity constrained and freight dominated lines. And therefore, as well as identifying and developing new technologies, the project has also focused on the societal and economic benefits of marginal routes and the impact of the project’s innovations to society and the economy.

With this vision, the main scope of NeTIRail-INFRA has been to:

  • Identify the appropriate existing technologies for different line types and climate
  • Develop new technologies for cost effective transition zones, low cost electrification and measurement and monitoring technologies
  • Optimise S&C maintenance
  • Assess the societal and economic benefits of lesser used lines and assess the impact of the technologies developed within the project
  • Produce a GIS based decision support tool to aid asset managers in identifying the most appropriate technologies for their lines

For further information, please contact:

Christine Hassoun, Dissemination Leader: hassoun@uic.org

Or Jon Paragreen, Project Manager: j.paragreen@sheffield.ac.uk