Report from the EIM-EFRTC-CER Working Group on Market Strategies for Track Maintenance & Renewal
Infrastructure Managers in Europe are spending a total of some 15 to 25 billion Euros annually for railway infrastructure maintenance and renewal. The conclusions of the INNOTRACK project suggested that significant savings in these costs may be achieved not just through the implementation of innovative solutions in technology but also by improving the logistics, planning and execution of track maintenance and renewal works. The project established that in these areas in particular, a much closer and more open relationship between Infrastructure Managers and Contractors, working together, and especially reviewing industry processes, could drive best value from the supply chain to the benefit of the whole industry. As a follow-up to this, EIM, EFRTC and CER accordingly agreed to set up joint working groups in order to look at a number of the key issues identified in the relationship between Infrastructure Managers and Contractors.