IP3 will enable a resilient, consistent, cost-efficient, high capacity and attractive European network by delivering operation critical research, development, and innovation for rail infrastructure. This will be achieved by the adoption of a whole system approach linking infrastructure and station design with maintenance actions, asset management and energy management.
IP3 will target the overall Shift2Rail objectives:
IP3 will deliver outcomes which will produce a step change in the way that the European rail network is developed and operated, such that the infrastructure will improve the economic viability and attractiveness of the network.
- Enhancing the existing CAPACITY fulfilling user demand of the European rail system;
- Increasing the RELIABILITY delivering better and consistent quality of service of the European rail system;
- Reducing the LIFE CYCLE COST (LCC) increasing competitiveness of the European rail system and European rail supply industry.
More specifically, IP3 includes the Technical Demonstrator 3.4 - Next Generation Track System:
The ‘Next-Generation Track System’ (TD 3.4) aims to drastically improve the track system, targeting a time range some 40 years beyond the present state of the art. This implies that step changes in performance are to be highly prioritised. The TD process will follow a tightly integrated chain, setting out by initially identifying the long-term needs of the railway and the potential solutions for meeting these.