I RAIL project will improve interoperability in rail freight transport
May 30, 2019.- The first technical meeting of the European project “I RAIL – Interoperability of the rail system with TAF TSI in TEN-T corridors”, coordinated by the Fundación Valenciaport and financed by the European Commission through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Programme, has been held today in Valencia.
The main objective of the project is to improve interoperability in the exchange of information in European rail freight services through the digitalisation and use of TAF TSI technical standards (Technical Specification of Interoperability applied for Telematics Applications for Freight), according to the Interoperability Directive 797/EC/2016.
I RAIL Project will also allow the digitalisation of current manual procedures established by railway undertakings in their Safety Management Systems, with the aim of guaranteeing safety in the rail operations, complying with Safety Directive 798/EC/2016.
The Project involves the main actors of the rail freight sector (railway undertakings, infrastructure managers, port authorities, wagon keepers, intermodal operators and Customs) from Spain, Portugal and Italy, with the support of the European Union Agency for Railways and the Spanish Railway Safety Agency.
In short, it is expected that the exchange of information in a digital and harmonised way will improve the efficiency and quality of rail services and reduce operational costs, contributing to increasing the share of rail freight transport in Europe.