Publications

GRB Position on the route compatibility check

This position paper sets out the Group of Representative Bodies’ (GRB) view on the general principles for the route compatibility check (RCC) before the use of authorised vehicles as outlined in Article 23 of the Interoperability Directive (EU) 2016/797. 


The Group of Representative Bodies asks the European Union Agency for Railways to adopt the RCC principles set out in this paper. The GRB asks for clear guidance documentation to be developed by the Agency for how the route compatibility process should be implemented in the day to day business where appropriate, either in a dedicated RCC application guide or in a section of existing guide documents.

The two concepts of technical compatibility with the network on one hand (article 21) and route compatibility on the other hand (article 23) as laid out in the interoperability directive shall be respected and kept separately. However, clear guidance is necessary to understand the content and responsibilities included and to ensure the route compatibility check performed by the railway undertaking is as easy, lean and straightforward as possible.

GRB-SFR Sector Vision for the Future of Reference Standards

The Group of Representative Bodies (GRB) and the CEN/CENELEC/ETSI Sector Forum Rail (SFR) published a position paper to set out the railway sector’s vision for how referenced standards within the Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSIs) should be managed in the future. 

 

The proposal described in this paper aims to solve challenges faced in the sector today when applying TSIs and European standards during the conformity assessment process. The aim of the proposal is to introduce a process which allows the sector to benefit from regulatory stability while at the same time being able to apply the state-of-the-art standards.
The GRB and SFR asks the European Commission (EC) and the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA) to consider this position paper and to reflect on how the future regulatory framework for the railways can be adapted to work better for the sector and for society.

UIP guidelines on CEF calls for telematics

These UIP Guidelines should facilitate the submission of project proposals for EU funding under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). The guidelines have been prepared in a Q&A Format to guide members and individual Keepers through the application process. It focuses on project proposals for telematics under the CEF priority (Rail interoperability).

With this CEF call, the European Commission wants to support activities towards the introduction of predictive and condition-based maintenance. This means in particular that projects aiming at capturing data by installing sensors and telematic devices on freight wagons to track and trace, detect collisions, identify wear and tear and monitor the proper functioning or the condition of rolling stock can be proposed for funding.

Projects for Rail Interoperability & telematics are funded under the TEN-T Multi-Annual Call and should be best submitted as studies that include some deployment activities (e.g. include some testing of sensors/telematic devices in pilot projects) on the Trans European transport network. CEF funding offers 50% reimbursement of the eligible costs for such studies.
The evaluation and selection process for project proposals is managed by INEA, the Commission’s Executive Agency for Innovation and Networks, which is also responsible for awarding the funds and monitoring the realisation of the approved projects under their relevant programmes.