FLEX-RAIL – Paradigm shifts for railway – Technology uptake strategies for a lean, integrated and flexible railway system

FLEX-RAIL has the vision to target a lean, integrated and flexible railway system to stimulate further innovation of the rail sector and ensure that rail services can address the future user needs.

FLEX-RAIL addresses the following aspects:

  • forecast the evolution of key fundamental technologies, identification of technical risks and of potential blocking points;
  • analysis of possible achievement of future impacts, through the definition and implementation of an impact assessment framework and modelling tool for rail scenario and transition pathways;
  • formulation of technological concepts for a future rail system scenario developed based on a participatory process involving all users of the rail system. The scenario builds on the analysis of trends and innovations happening in other transport sectors and of railways sector, blue-sky projects and disruptive technologies;
  • assessment of business feasibility and analysis of the current safety requirements.


TRT is partner of the international consortium working on this project, with IITR (leader), TNO, and the University of Newcastle. FLEX-RAIL is funded by the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking.

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2018 – 2021

Marco Brambilla