Identify existing best practice in switch and crossing innovation and fuse this with technological advances from other sectors to develop new approaches for switch and crossing operations, that draw on new concepts for drives, control, monitoring, logistics and installation that will allow the investment costs associated with S&C to be retained (or reduced) whilst significantly improving performance.
The S-CODE project will address all of the aims and objectives detailed in topic S2R-OC-IP3-01-2016 – Research into new radical ways of changing trains between tracks – and work towards the developments required to realise TD3.2 – Next Generation S&C, as detailed in the Shift2Rail Multi-Annual Action Plan (MAAP). The project will also work in conjunction with the winning proposal for S2R-CFM-IP3-01-2016 – Research into enhance track and switch and crossing system (“IN2TRACK”, reference number 730841).
The project will identify radically different technology concepts that can be integrated together to achieve significantly improved performance for S&C based around new operating concepts (e.g. super-fast switching, self-healing switch).
Within the S-CODE project, the carefully selected consortium members will build on existing European and national research projects (in particular, the lighthouse project In2Rail, Capacity4Rail and Innotrack) to bring together technologies and concepts that will significantly reduce the constraints associated with existing switch technologies and develop a radically different solution.
As shown below, the S-CODE project will run alongside sister projects:
- (i) the ongoing IN2RAIL lighthouse project, and
- (ii) the Shift2Rail joint undertaking S2R-CFM-IP3-01-2016 – Research into enhance track and switch and crossing system (“IN2TRACK”, reference number 730841).
It is anticipated that outputs from these projects will feed into the S-CODE project, in order to develop a TRL4 solution that can later be developed into Technology Demonstrator TD3.2 – Next Generation S&C.
In order to develop the project, the consortium decomposed the high level aims documented in the project call and the technical ambition for TD3.2 detailed in the MAAP, to identify the key objectives that will help provide radically new ways of changing trains between track in order to improve capacity, reliability and safety, while reducing investment costs and life-cycle costs.