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The Standards of reference that FERRMED intends to implement in the major rail freight networks in the EU and neighboring countries are:

a. Unified coordination at EU level of the economic funds allocation for Railway Core Network and common Standards implementation
b. Reticular and polycentric Core Network with great socio-economic and intermodal impact, with two parallel rail lines (double track each) in each corridor. One for high speed trains (basically for passengers) and another for conventional trains (for freight and passengers at same priority rate).
c. Electrified Lines (preferably 25,000 volts)
d.Width of the track UIC (1435 mm)
e. Loading gauge UIC-C
f. Axle load 22,5 ÷ 25 ton
g. Possibility to have freight length trains reaching 1,500 meters and 3,600 to 5,000 tonnes. Usable length of sidings and terminals for 1,500 meters length trains.
h. Maximum slope: 12 ‰ (15 ‰ exceptionally in very short distances of just a few hundred meters)
i.Huge cities by-passes for freight.
j. Availability of a network of intermodal polyvalent and flexible terminals with high level of performance
k. ERTMS System (at least level 2) with both ways control in each track
l. Traffic schedules available for freight transportation 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week
m. Free competition, giving all companyies open access to tracks in a non-discriminatory way
n. Harmonization and simplification of the homologation processes, administrative formalities and social legislation
o. Unified management, monitoring and tracking systems (through ITS) established by Mega-Regions and main corridors and coordinated at EU level, including pre-arranged traint paths and reserve capacity
p. Competitive management criteria based on the R+D+4i principles ("Research, Development, innovation, identity, impact and infrastructure”) in the global chain of added value, including freight flows balancing
q. Favourable and homogeneous fees for the use of infrastructures
r. Reduction of the environmental impact of the freight transportation system (particularly noise, vibration and CO2 emissions) as a result of the gradual retrofitting/replacement of the old railway rolling stock, infrastructural solutions when needed and an increase of the long distance rail share on land traffic of up to 35%
s. Freight locomotive and wagon concepts adapted to FERRMED Technical Standards

The gradual implementation of these Standards in the most important corridors will be pushed through the analysis and proposals of the FERRMED Multisectoral Working Groups

Main expected results

  • Significant increase in Railway land transportation share
  • Multimodal flows optimization
  • Drastic lead time reduction (over 50%) and punctuality improvement
  • Transportation cost reduction: over 25%
  • Freight trains able to carry 224 TEUS
  • Lines capacity increase: over 50%
  • Continuous full "on line" information
  • Payload increment ~2 Tn/wagon
  • Substantial reduction of noise and vibration
  • Strong decrease in GHG emissions
  • Socio-economic Internal Rate of Return of 11%