Infrastructure and Stations

Stations Infrastructures Asset Management Resilience
Infrastructure and Stations

Stations

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Objective

In Europe, some rail infrastructure managers own or operate stations. In some cases, the operational part of station management is delegated to another entity, which could also be a railway undertaking. EIM’s members, who manage stations, are keen to share knowledge and experience with European peers on topics such as station management, development and operations, but also on critical and strategic issues (e.g. security, digitalisation and multimodality). 

EIM in action

  • EIM’s “Stations Working Group” shares information and best practice relevant to stations. The WG focuses on the status and application of standards for stations and on the division of responsibility for platforms;
  • EIM monitors the relevant legislation affecting stations (e.g. safety, PRM, capacity, etc) and triggers its members’ input when needed. 

EIM actions in 2021 

  • In 2021, the WG exchanged on the following issues:
    • impact of the return to significant numbers of passengers on station operations, as well as on the stations design requirements after the pandemic.
    • passenger safety at stations and platforms in the ERA TSIs and post COVID measures in stations.
  • The WG launched an enquiry on the minimum design requirements for platforms, also involving EIM’s PRM WG (Working Group on Passengers with Reduced Mobility). The members of the PRM WG were also invited to get involved in all relevant discussions related to stations. 

Outlook 2022

  • The WG will continue discussing:
    • the latest impact of the rail traffic recovery on station management;
    • investment projects involving the design and operation of stations, notably PRM related issues (in cooperation with the EIM PRM WG).
Infrastructure and Stations

Infrastructures

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Objective

The 4th Railway Package and especially the Directive (EU) 2016/797 on the interoperability of the rail system within the European Union, require the adaptation of the network to European standards to allow a smooth circulation of trains in Europe. The first step for Infrastructure Managers (IMs) towards this goal is to follow the European requirements when renewing, upgrading or building new lines and stations. These requirements are stated in the Technical Specification for Interoperability on Infrastructure (TSI INF) (Regulation (EU) 1299/2014) to ensure the interoperability of the subsystem.  IMs are committed to increase the capacity and efficiency of their rail infrastructure to the goal of the EU to shift medium distance passenger transport and freight from aviation and road to rail and to cut CO2 emissions in transport by 90% by 2050, as defined in the 2021 EU “Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy’.

EIM in action

  • EIM aims at improving interoperability of the network by filling the gaps in the TSI INF in a cost-efficient way. The implementation of the TSI can be improved by sharing practical experiences with the new TSI.
  • EIM’s Infrastructures Working Group (INF WG) cooperates with the relevant peer group of CER.

EIM actions in 2021

  • EIM supported the EU Agency for Railways (ERA) in the revision of the TSI INF via technical experience;
  • EIM’s INF WG has taken part in ERA’s Topical Working GroupInterfaces between Rolling Stock and Fixed Installations” (TWG RST/FI Interface). This ERA TWG is working with 5 Change Requests (CRs). These CRs are RST-INF interface related and mainly pointed out by ERA, not the INF sector.
  • ERA considered the opinion of EIM’s INF WG during the closing of the open points in the TSI INF. 
  • EIM’s INF WG has held joint meetings with CER’s INF WG (EIM/CER INF WG) currently chaired by EIM’s INF WG. The reason for that is to gather infrastructure expert’s competence from both sector organisations in Europe and to develop joint opinions and change proposals vis à vis ERA.
  • EIM submitted the joint Change Requests of EIM’s and CER’s INF experts for inclusion in ERA’s CCM Tool (change control management).

Outlook 2022

  • EIM’s INF WG expects to start the discussions on the following topics:
    • Amend the current gaps and errors in the TSI;
    • Streamline the procedures for evaluation of conformity to evaluate conformity;
    • Establish feasible provisions for the application of the TSI to existing lines;
    • Define the relevant specifications to cover operation of combined transport.
  • EIM’s INF WG experts will follow the ‘Topical Working Group’ created by ERA for the RST-INF interfaces that will manage the following issues:
    • Harmonisation between Rolling Stock (LOC&PAS + WAG) and INF TSIs, including requirements on traffic loads and load carrying capacity of infrastructure (e.g. classification of L&P vehicles in accordance to EN 15528, performance parameters for passenger traffic – axle load);
    • Technical analysis of the provisions of the INF TSI that could be relevant for upgrade and/or renewal of the INF subsystem;
    • The outputs of CEN TC250 SC1 WG3 TG DIBRST and of Shift2Rail IP3.
  • EIM will be involved in the revision of the ‘Infrastructures Working Party’ which will apply the new CCM process set up by the ERA.
  • EIM will continue submitting the joint EIM CER INF Change Requests within the scope of ERA’s CCM Tool.

Commission Regulation (EU) No 1299/2014

EU LEGISLATION INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGERS
Infrastructure and Stations

Asset Management

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Objective

The efficient management of rail infrastructure assets, including the accurate forecast of related investment plans, are the cornerstone of the business of rail infrastructure managers (IMs). IMs are looking to maximize the ‘value for money’ of their operations to deliver benefits to funders and other stakeholders and to improve service delivery to customers through ever more efficient asset management. Efficient asset management is about obtaining the right balance between the cost of maintenance, renewal, traffic management and delivering excellent customer service and the revenue coming from commercial activities and subsidies. 

EIM in action

  • EIM’s permanent Working Group on “Asset Management” promotes the exchange of information among IMs for evidence-based analyses and benchmarks of management practices for business performance improvements. 

EIM actions in 2021 

  • The WG organised an online workshop on the use of advanced data analytics in asset management during daily operations. This initiative has triggered the interest of many EIM members and led to the creation of a new EIM WG on “Advanced Data Analytics” to exchange information and experiences in this domain.

Outlook 2022

  • The WG will resume its meetings in the second semester and select the priority issues for exchange among a list of 18 topics, including: 
    • organisational challenges and digitalisation, 
    • innovation and management improvements, 
    • better performance planning, 
    • environment and modal shift,
    • organisational matters. 
Infrastructure and Stations

Resilience

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Objective

Degraded situations stemming from a lack of preparedness for extreme and unexpected events are an increasing concern, particularly as these events may affect the performance or lifespan of assets owned and operated by Rail Infrastructure Managers (IMs). This can have severe operational, financial, environmental and social consequences. 

Therefore, ‘resilience’ is becoming an increasingly critical topic for IMs. 

IMs ensure efficient rail operations through the development of dedicated resilience plans and processes covering the entire value chain of infrastructure management. Resilience aspects may include, among other things, business continuity in case of sanitary and political crisis, climate change, technical failures, security issues and human errors.

EIM in action

  • EIM’s Resilience Working Group exchanges information among IMs and acts as a platform for benchmarking of the main infrastructure ‘vulnerabilities’ as well as the respective ‘Business Continuity Plans’ in place. 

EIM actions in 2021

  • During the first semester of 2021 the WG has been meeting regularly to exchange information on the business contingency plans of IMs and their post lockdown plans. 
  • Following the floods in various EU countries during the summer period, the WG exchanged information on the business continuity measures taken by the IMs.
  • In October 2021 the WG launched a survey to enquire about the state of play of the implementation of BCMs among its members in order to plan the post COVID 19 priorities 

Outlook 2022

  • The WG will continue its monthly meetings to exchange on contingency measures and post lockdown plans.
  • The WG will also organise 4 workshops on different thematic issues.
  • Considering the increasing EC initiatives involving cybersecurity management as well as business continuity aspects, the WG will also increase its coordination with EIM’s Cybersecurity WG.
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