ERRAC was set up in 2001 with the ambitious goal of creating a single European body with both the competence and capability to help revitalise the European rail sector and make it more competitive, by fostering increased innovation and guiding research efforts at European level. Within ERRAC, all major rail stakeholders are gathered. ERRAC comprises of 45 representatives from each of the major European rail research stakeholders: manufacturers, operators, infrastructure managers, the European Commission, EU Member States, academics and users’ groups. ERRAC covers all forms of rail transport: from conventional, high speed and freight applications to urban and regional services.


ERRAC is chaired by Mr. Andy Doherty, Mr. Manuel Seabra Pereira and Mr.Nicolas Castres Saint-Martin. Since its start in 2001, ERRAC has produced a number of important and influential documents, such as the Joint Strategy for European rail Research – Vision 2020, the SRRA – Strategic Rail Research Agenda and its 2007 updated version, Suburban and Regional Railways Landscape in Europe, Light Rail and Metro Systems in Europe, Rail Research in Europe, a comparison of the Member States public research programmes with the ERRAC SRRA and others that you can find on this web site as well.


Between 2009 and 2012, ERRAC carried out a 3 year rail research roadmapping project called ERRAC ROADMAP. The deliverables are available to the public which you will find under Publications.

Recent Publications

Download the latest documents prepared and published by ERRAC.

Latest News

This section presents the latest news regarding the activities of ERRAC. It especially presents some of the results and findings from the ERRAC institutional meetings (Plenary, Steering Committee and Strategic Board). This section will also provide you with information regarding the developments of the current FOSTER Rail project.



April 29, 2015

Transport Research Arena (TRA) 2016

  The Transport Research Arena – surface transport research and innovation – conference will take place in Warsaw, Poland from 18 – 21 April 2016. It is the largest research and innovation conference for surface transport (road, rail and waterborne…


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