The associated high level objectives are closely aligned with the call, and are:
- Reduction in service affecting delays due to fewer track geometry defects and associated failures (for example, due to track settlement or a localised loss of rail support)
- Increased network capacity in terms of more frequent trains and higher speeds, due to improved vertical geometry and reduced degradation rate
- Reduced lifecycle costs due to a reduction in maintenance and extended operational life of the track and associated assets
- Reduction in noise and vibration at the transition locations, due to the provision of a sustained smooth transfer between areas of differing support stiffness
- To provide a solution for optimum and sustained track support conditions, that is compatible with the next generation track solutions developed within IN2TRACK2 and the complimentary CFM project.