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S2R Lighthouse Projects Mid-Term Public Event

In May 2015, while the JU was still in its ramp-up phase, under the Horizon 2020 Transport Programme €52 million were awarded to the so-called four “Lighthouse Projects”, lightening the way towards the Innovation Programmes at the heart of Shift2Rail.

This joint mid-term event will be the occasion to take stock of the work carried out so far, look ahead until the end of the projects, and pave the way for integration of the projects’ results within the Innovation Programmes (IP) themselves.

The event will begin with a high-level opening session from 9:00-10:30, after which each Lighthouse Project will organise individual mid-term workshops (11:00-17:30) with a joint lunch and coffee breaks. The event will be opened by Philippe Citroen, followed by an intervention from Shift2Rail Executive Director, Carlo Borghini.

The four lighthouse projects are:

In2Rail (coordinated by Network Rail)

Sets the foundation for a resilient, consistent, cost-efficient, high capacity European rail network. In2Rail will feed into the Shift2Rail IP2 (Advanced Traffic Management & Control Systems) and IP3 (Cost Efficient and Reliable High Capacity Infrastructure) to deliver smart infrastructure, intelligent mobility management, and improved rail power supply and energy management. (

IT2Rail (coordinated by UNIFE)

Is the first step towards the long term Shift2Rail IP4 (IT Solutions for Attractive Railway Services). Through the introduction of new technologies and solutions, European citizens’ global travel interactions will be transformed into a fully integrated and new seamless travel experience, giving access to a complete multimodal travel offer which connects the first and last mile to long distance journeys. (

Roll2Rail (coordinated by UNIFE)

Is setting the foundation for many of the technologies that will be continued within Shift2Rail’s IP1 (Cost-efficient and reliable trains, including high capacity trains and high-speed trains). Roll2Rail aims to develop key technologies that will overcome hurdles to innovation in rolling stock development and forms part of a longer-term strategy to revolutionise the rolling stock of the future. (

SMART-RAIL (coordinated by TNO)

Aims at improving rail freight services offered to shippers, focusing on five main aspects that are important to shippers, namely reliability, lead time, costs, flexibility and visibility. The project focuses on innovative solutions and their implementation in the rail freight sector by testing them in three Continuous Improvement Tracks, along certain specified rail corridors. The outcome of this project is expected to be a valuable contribution for Shift2Rail IP5 (Technologies for Sustainable & Attractive European Rail Freight). (

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Registration is free.