Increasing Capacity 4 Rail networks through enhanced infrastructure and optimised operations (CAPACITY4RAIL)
Research Project , 2013 – 2017

In 2011, the White Paper on European Transport reasserted how fundamental transport was for society, for the mobility of European citizens and for the growth and vitality of the European eomy.CAPACITY4RAIL will deliver research that is innovative, prepares rail for the future and takes into account results from previous research projects and programmes. The project builds on previous useable results and will deliver both technical demonstrations and system wide guidelines and recommendations that will be the basis for future research and investment, increasing the capacities of rail networks in the future.The time used for infrastructure monitoring, maintenance and renewal means down time. New cepts for low maintenance infrastructure, using standardized and plug-and-play cepts will be proposed. Non-intrusive innovative monitoring techniques or self-monitoring infrastructure will be investigated, allowing low or no impact on train operations.The fragility of some key component of the infrastructure system (especially in extreme weather ditions) such as switches may impact the efficiency of the whole system. The resilience of switches to any kind of known failure will be reinforced, as well as the ability of the operation system to recover from incidents.Capacity enhancements will also be achieved by higher speed freight vehicles, allowing an optimized interleaving of freight trains into mixed traffic, and improved planning models for operation.Intermodal integration within the global transport system will be improved through enhanced transhipment of passengers and freight.CAPACITY4RAIL will also look towards 2030/2050, by proposing guidelines for future deployments in the mid-term, recommendations for technologies to de developed and deployed in the long term and investigating the key opportunities for funding these within national and EU funding schemes.


Anders Ekberg (contact)

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2), Dynamics


ACCIONA Infrastructures

Alcobendas-Madrid, Spain

Adevice Solutions S.L.

Sevilla, Spain

Administrador de Infraestructuras Ferroviarias

Madrid, Spain

Ansaldo STS

Genova, Italy


Paris, France

Cargosped Spolka Z Ograniczona Odpowiedzialnoscia

Warsawa, Poland

Centro de Estudios y Experimentacion de Obras Publicas (Cedex)

Madrid, Spain

Centro de Estudios y Experimentacion de Obras Publicas (Cedex)

Madrid, Spain

Comsa Sau

Barcelona, Spain

Deutsche Bahn

Berlin, Germany

European Federation Of Railway Trackworks Contractors

Petange, Luxemburg

French institute of science and technology for transport, spatial planning, development and networks (IFSTTAR)

Champs-Sur-Marne, France

Fundacion De La Comunidad Valenciana Para La Investigacion, Promocion Y Estudios Comerciales De Valenciaport

Valencia, Spain

Fundacion Ferrocarriles Espanoles

Madrid, Spain

Ingenieria Y Economia Del Transporte S.A.

Madrid, Spain

Instituto Superior Tecnico

Lisboa, Portugal

Instytut Kolejnictwa

Warszawa, Poland

Knorr-Bremse Systeme Fur Schienenfahrzeuge Gmbh Kb

Munchen, Germany

Kockums Industrier Ab

Malmö, Sweden

Linköping University

Linköping, Sweden

Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd

London, United Kingdom

Newcastle University

Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Newopera Aisbl

Brussels, Belgium

Oltis Group As

Olomouc, Czech Republic

Rede Ferroviaria Nacional

Lisboa, Portugal

Reseau Ferre De France Epic

Paris, France

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

Stockholm, Sweden

Sapienza University of Rome

Roma, Italy

Societe De Transports De Vehicules Automobiles Sa

Paris Cedex 17, France

Societe Nationale des Chemins de fer Francais

Paris, France

Swedish Transport Administration

Borlänge, Sweden

Systra Sa

Paris 09, France

Technische Universität Dresden

Dresden, Germany

TRL Limited

Wokingham, United Kingdom

Turkiye Cumhuriyeti Devlet Demir Yollari Isletmesi Genel Mudurlugu

Ankara, Turkey

Union des Industries Ferroviaires Europeennes (Unife)

Brussels, Belgium

Union Internationale Des Chemins De Fer

Paris, France

University of Birmingham

Birmingham, United Kingdom

University of Huddersfield

Huddersfield, United Kingdom

University of Porto

Porto, Portugal

University of Sheffield

Sheffield, United Kingdom

Uppsala University

Uppsala, Sweden

Vae Gmbh

Wien, Austria

Van Dieren Sweden Ab

Ahus, Sweden


Werdohl, Germany

Vossloh Cogifer Sa

Rueil Malmaison, France


European Commission (EC)

Project ID: EC/FP7/605650
Funding Chalmers participation during 2013–2017

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