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. Josef Doppelbauer (Chief Technical Officer, Bombardier) as Chairman together with Mr. Andy Doherty and Mr. Manuel Pereira as Vice-Chairmen.
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.