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Upgrading of freight railways to meet operational and market demands
Charmec, Chalmers tekniska högskola.
Charmec, Chalmers tekniska högskola.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Structural and Fire Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0560-9355
2018 (English)In: Proceedings of 7th Transport Research Arena, TRA 2018, April 16–19, 2018, Vienna, Austria, 2018Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The European objective of a modal shift of freight transports to railways will require extensive upgrading of existing railway lines since very few dedicated freight railways are currently being built and existing lines were built for traffic demands at the time of construction. A transition to increased and enhanced railway freight operations can therefore be costly and complicated. To minimize negative effects, a guideline for upgrading was developed within the Capacity4Rail project. The current paper presents the major findings from this guideline. In particular it outlines different upgrading possibilities and their implications, and details structured approaches to upgrading analyses. Setting out from the Capacity4Rail handbook, the current paper discusses possibilities for upgrading of substructures, bridges, tunnels, and the track structure. In these areas, an overview of challenges and possibilities is presented together with examples of experience from operational upgrading. The paper concludes that freight line upgrading using a more streamlined approach as outlined in the guideline is a necessity if EU objectives on modal shifts in transportation are to be met. Further, it demonstrates why a political drive is necessary to increase efforts to upgrade freight lines.

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2018.
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Engineering and Technology Infrastructure Engineering
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Structural Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-67957OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-67957DiVA, id: diva2:1191220
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7th Transport Research Arena, TRA 2018, Vienna, Austria, April 16–19, 2018
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Capacity 4 Rail
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EU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme, FP7-SST-2013-RTD-1Available from: 2018-03-16 Created: 2018-03-16 Last updated: 2018-11-09Bibliographically approved

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