SP1 – LOW COST MODULAR NEW TRACK SYSTEMS & FAST INSTALLATION METHODS
SP1 focuses on LRT, tram and metro tracks for new lines and extensions of existing lines. This SP aims at researching, developing and designing ballastless track solutions at "system" level at lowest cost based upon the results of the LCC analysis. These solutions integrate:
- innovative new low cost track concepts, e.g. prefabricated track modules;
- ecological concepts, e.g. "green" tracks;
- maintenance and operational strategies;
- and take into account all required specific interfaces (e.g. presence of road pavement, drainage, ...).
SP2 – COST EFFECTIVE TRACK MAINTENANCE, RENEWAL & REFURBISHMENT METHODS [EXISTING LINES]
SP2 considers tracks in tunnels as well as tracks at grade (tram and metro). This SP aims at researching, developing and designing innovative track renewal and refurbishment methods, including automated renewal methods and techniques for extending the life of existing tracks (link with maintenance). Consideration will be given to costs, environmental aspects (dust, noise), speed of execution and continuous availability of the tracks. Special attention will be given to refurbishment methods for turnouts and rails in curves.
SP3 – DESIGN & IMPLEMENTATION OF SOLUTIONS AT TEST SITES
From month 18, and in function of the results obtained in the other SPs, solutions designed for specific topics. These will be validated in the networks of ten end-users.
SP4 – LIFE CYCLE COST (LCC) CALCULATION
Considering that urban railway operation is characterised by the need for large initial investments and large annual budgets for maintenance/renewal activity, the systematic and controlled development of LCC strategies on a European level and their comprehensive implementation become a crucial issue for the economic sustainability of the urban railway business. SP4 will result in a controlled methodology to assess the life cycle cost benefits of innovative technological solutions and facilitate joint development between network operators/infrastructure managers and the supply industry.
SP5 – FUNCTIONAL REQUIREMENTS
SP1 and SP2 focus on a specific area: either new track construction, track renewal or maintenance. The purpose of SP5 is to identify where the axes are for improvement and for further development of track components, construction methodology and system design. Another objective is to set the basis for further evaluation of these improvements and development that will result from SP1 and SP2.
SP6 - CONSOLIDATION & DISSEMINATION
All project results (deliverables) will be consolidated by the project co-ordinator in close collaboration with UITP and a group of network operators (not partners in the project). Their quality will be verified by the project co-ordinator. Dissemination will mainly be ensured by UITP (infra managers), UNIFE (industry) and the partners themselves.
SP7 – MANAGEMENT & PROJECT CO-ORDINATION
Project management will be ensured by D2S International. D2S has a vast experience with project management as well as with handling international projects. D2S will be responsible for quality assurance and technical management. D2S will be assisted by APT for the administrative management of the project.