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European railway infrastructure network

Integration of national railway infrastructure databases with track parameters from network statements, developing tools for data and graphic processing of the european railway infrastructure with functions over the joint rail network graph

The volume of freight transport in Europe is expected to continue to rise in the future. This situation is compounded by the fact that the rail sector has been progressively losing its share in European freight markets over the last several decades. Prompt action is necessary in order to successfully mitigate the negative effects of these developments. The main problems associated with the steadily increasing volume of freight transport include the following: - Traffic congestion on roads; - Insufficient quality of logistic services; - Discontinuity of logistic chain performance; - Insufficient intermodal and intra-modal interoperability; - Negative effects on safety and the environment. One of the problems the railway transport is faced with is the interoperability of the railway infrastructure together with information on rail tracks and corridor parameters not being widely available. Infrastructure data and railway track/station information, together with a high-quality railway infrastructure map, is a very important and strategic issue from the point of view of railway transport users (carriers, consigners, consignees, railway forwarders, etc.). On the basis of Directive 2001/14/EC, Infrastructure Managers (IM) in every EU country are obliged to publish a Network Statement. The problem is that there is no integrated 'Network Statement' for all of Europe. This means separate databases and separate railway infrastructure maps for every country. Europe-wide information on railway infrastructure is very important also for infrastructure managers and railway undertakings by themselves. On this account, the joint European railway infrastructure database and tools for searching, optimisation and simulation over the joint network graph have to be developed. At the same time, the accurate location of railway infrastructure across Europe on the railway map will enable the projection of appropriate and possible railway routes according to chosen parameters. The objective of the development will be covering all railway tracks of Europe (40 countries) in the form of vectors between two stations (space between stations, junctions, turnouts, etc.). Every track will be represented on the map by a simple vector with a user-definition possibility of display according to selected parameters (type, colour, size); station track, signal devices and switches will be not included in the map. All railway tracks will form a network diagram of the European railway infrastructure net. Therefore, the display of the railway lines will not cut on the border of every country (railway). Displays of more countries as well as the whole of Europe will be possible according to the filter. This filter will be set by users by choosing specific values for infrastructure parameters. To achieve the project goal, following parts must be developed: - Unification and integration of national railway infrastructure databases with parameters of railways, corridors and rail lines; - Definition of possibilities of network representation with utilisation of map display and map tools; - Development of simulation, search and optimisation tools and tasks over the network in the form of algorithms, charts, diagrams, libraries, maps and web services; - Searching for methods and finding solutions on how to process gathered data on real positions of objects on the railway network and how to allocate each position to the particular railway track; - Another survey will be dedicated to the distances, vehicle runs and prices, in accordance with new functions for monitoring of vehicle run and train path creation from the cost point of view. Keywords: railway, infrastructure, Europe.
Acronym: 
ERWIN
Project ID: 
4 062
Start date: 
01-03-2008
Project Duration: 
46months
Project costs: 
880 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Data Processing / Data Interchange, Middleware
Market Area: 
Railways, Trains

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