Welcome to ERRAC

The European Rail Research Advisory Council (ERRAC) was established in 2001 to serve as a much-needed single European body with both the competence and capability to help revitalise the EU’s rail sector and make it more competitive by fostering increased innovation and guiding research efforts at European level. Since its conception, ERRAC has managed to gather all major rail stakeholders in its ranks. The council brings together representatives from the sector such as manufacturers, operators and infrastructure managers as well as the European Commission, the European Union Agency for Railways, Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking, EU Member States, academics and users’ groups. ERRAC covers all forms of rail transport, ranging from conventional, high speed and freight applications to urban and regional services.


“ERRAC sets out a progressive view and agenda for how a fully technically transformed railway could become the backbone of mobility and play a much wider role in meeting the needs of European citizens and business as well as protect natural resources and the environment.”

Roland Moser, chairman ERRAC


The European Rail Research Advisory Council’s (ERRAC) primary objective is to communicate the railway sector’s common Research & Innovation vision to the European institutions and other important stakeholders. By doing so, the council aims to help shape a favourable funding landscape for railway research initiatives that drive innovation via calls for projects and joint undertakings like the influential Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking and its successor programme Europe’s Rail.



Let’s make Multi-Modal transport easy for everyone!

ERRAC is launching its Ambassadors programme for steering rail research in Europe Interview with the new Ambassador and Technical Expert on Multi-Modality, Alessandra Berto   In 2022 ERRAC, the European Rail Research Advisory Council, has launched its Manifesto...

Phase One of the Spanish Railway Foundation’s ’conCiencia de Tren’ project comes to an end

The Spanish Railway Foundation (Fundación de los Ferrocarriles Españoles - FFE) has completed the first phase of its project ’conCiencia de Tren: Acercando la ciencia y la tecnología del ferrocarril a la ciudadanía’, which aims to inform citizens about the railways’...

Railways are the first choice! ERRAC launches Manifesto of Future Mobility

Railways play a vital role in keeping our cities and regions moving. They enable economic development, create employment, and connect places and people. Besides providing a safe and sustainable mode of transport, rail can tackle some of the most pressing challenges of...

ERRAC highlights the essence of rail research at TRA Conference with Plenary meeting and booth

On 15 November 2022, the ERRAC Plenary Meeting brought together high-level representatives from the European Commission, Europe’s Rail and the railway and public transport sector. They discussed rail research priorities, sector developments and challenges to be...

Innovation in energy management: Contribution of railways to sustainable mobility

The Spanish Railways Technology Platform (PTFE) just published a position paper entitled: “Innovation in energy management: Contribution of railways to sustainable mobility”. The document analyses the role of innovation in energy management in infrastructure, rolling...

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