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

The RAIL 2050 VISION document represents the vision of the rail sector for the needs of the future railway system at the heart of mobility provision for Europe. The document sets out the important role that rail already plays in delivering economic and societal benefits in Europe and that it has the opportunity to contribute much more, taking advantage of technical developments. For this to happen RAIL 2050 VISION sets out that research and innovation (and other supporting elements, including appropriate regulatory structures) are vital and that end-user and public support for research, development and innovation in the railway of the future is necessary. The document sets out the key message that the rail sector is able and ready to offer a significant contribution to the solution of mobility expectations in both passenger and freight/logistics and support economic growth, social cohesion, competitive markets, etc. by facilitating mobility. Key to delivery of this ambitious vision will, as part of a total solution, include collaboration with transport modes so as to put customers at the forefront of our consideration. The document can be downloaded from this website – www.errac.org http://www.errac.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/122017_ERRAC-RAIL-2050.pdf

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 and Steering Committee), including the interactions of ERRAC with the other entities.



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Transport Research Arena (TRA) 2018 The Transport Research Arena 2018 (TRA 2018), will take place in Vienna, Austria between 16 and 19 April 2018. Under the heading of “A digital Era for Transport: solutions for society, economy and environment”, TRA…


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