Vision & Missions


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 includes 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 (Network Rail) and Mr. Manuel Pereira as Vice-Chairmen (IST)

Since its launch 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. The most recent document published by the platform is RailRoute 2050, the sustainable backbone of the Single European Transport Area, aimed at providing an initial update of the strategic vision of ERRAC, in preparation of Horizon 2020.

ERRAC developed a set of roadmaps via the EU funded (FP7) project ERRAC ROADMAP (2009-2012). All the documents are available for the public under “Publication”. FOSTER RAIL (2013-2016) will support the platform in developing a new full and complete vision, via namely the Rail Business Scenario and the Strategic Rail Research and Innovation Agenda.

Vision & Missions

In 2012, ERRAC released an initial update of the ERRAC vision for the future of rail, Railroute 2050, projecting it to 2050, addressing the European effort required for research and innovation especially to meet the objectives of the  European Commission 2011 Transport White paper “Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area – Towards a competitive and resource efficient transport system”. ‘RailRoute 2050’ offers a range of research opportunities for a competitive, resource-efficient and intelligent rail transport system that meets the future demands of European citizens, stipulates economic growth, creates European jobs, and strengthens the position of the European rail sector in global competition. The European vision for railway research and innovation outlined in ‘Railroute 2050’ illustrates the research pillars that need to be supplemented by the corresponding investment pillar.

FOSTER-RAIL shall build on RailRoute 2050 and the ROADMAP project and continue to support and enhance cooperation between stakeholders, including decision-makers, and enhanced definition of strategic research and innovation needs, especially through the establishment of Business Scenarios but also, the redaction of a new Strategic and Rail Research and Innovation Agenda (SRRIA). This action will assist ERRAC in defining research needs for its strategy and programs in order to realise the objectives of the Europe-2020 strategy, support the development of the future European Framework Programme, Horizon 2020 and further on the vision of the White Paper 2011 for a competitive and resource-efficient future transport system. This will be done in consultation with the European Commission (EC) and Member States and Associated States (MS/AS).

ERRAC is focussing on:

1/ Defining, and implementing steps to achieve a joint European rail research and innovation strategy

2/ Enhancing collaborative European rail research and innovation by:

  • Building consensus among stakeholders
  • Improving synergies between EU, national and private rail research
  • Strengthening and re-organising research and development efforts
  • Facilitating effective pooling of human and material resources
  • Launching ambitious co-operative research schemes

General tasks

  • Ensure the best alignment of the research programmes with the identified ERRAC research priorities
  • Identify synergies among various corporate, national and EU research programmes and promoting better co-ordination
  • Nurture and endorse new research initiatives
  • Evaluate on-going and completed projects
  • Drive training and development of engineers with new skills for the emerging technologies
  • Propose input for the EU next Framework Program, HORIZON 2020

Specific tasks

  • Advise on future rail research needs to the European Commission for Horizon 2020
  • Promote ERRAC activities and implementing an efficient communication strategy

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