Shift2Rail – JTI Rail

Through activities in research and innovation, Shift2Rail is set out to improve the EU Railway Manufacturing Industry’s competitiveness and to contribute to the creation of a "Single European Railway Area".

Goals set for and measures taken in S2R are comprehensively in line with the European Union’s transport-, industry-, climate-, and eco-political aims, as well as with the European Rail Research Advisory Council’s (ERRAC) Strategic Research Agenda for rail traffic.

Research and innovation will focus on the following five key areas:

  • To improve the quality of services , it will focus on developing a new generation of high capacity trains which are cost-efficient and reliable;
  • To increase capacity and get more trains running on the same lines, it will develop better intelligent traffic management and control systems;
  • To provide reliable, high quality infrastructure, including reducing track noise, cutting costs and developing intelligent maintenance;

  • To provide integrated ticketing and journey planners, it will develop innovative IT solutions and services; 

  • To allow rail to compete effectively in more markets, it will develop better logistics and inter-modal freight solutions, so rail can connect better with other forms of transport.


In order to implement this Joint Technology Initiative, the "Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking (S2R JU)" was officially established on July 7, 2014 with a 10 duration until December 31, 2024.  Members of the Brussels-based Joint Undertaking founded in accordance with Article 187 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) are the European Union, represented by the European Commission, as a public partner and the eight industrial founding members Alstom, Ansaldo STS, Bombardier, Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF), Siemens, Thales as well as the infrastructure managers Trafikverket and Network Rail. In addition to the foundings members the membership of associated members has always been foreseen. On October 6, 2014 a call for expressions of interest has been launched.  On December 8, 2015 nineteen associated members were approved by the Governing Board of the JU e.g. from Germany Deutsche Bahn AG, Knorr-Bremse GmbH or the HaConIngenieurs-gesellschaft mbH.

The activities are written down in a common "S2R Strategic Masterplan" containing five key "Innovation Programmes" in line with the above-mentioned targets:

  • IP1-Energy & Mass Efficient Technologies for High Capacity Trains
  • IP2-Advance Traffic Management & Control Systems
  • IP3-Cost Efficient - High Capacity Infrastructure
  • IP4-IT Solutions for Seamless Attractive Railway
  • IP5-Technologies for Sustainable & Attractive European Freight