09.04.2021

Oslo T-bane: CBTC project reaches important milestone

Oslo has an extensive metro network, the oldest in Scandinavia. Five lines serve 101 stations, and, in the central section, trains run every minute. Today, three different interlocking technologies are in use, some of which are already quite old. Over the next few years, operations will be converted to the communication-based train control system CBTC. At the beginning of February, four suppliers submitted initial offers for the system’s introduction and operation in the following twenty-five years. R+R supports the customer Sporveien with the evaluation of offers and the upcoming negotiations.

07.04.2021

ETCS introduction in Finland

As part of the Europe-wide introduction of the interoperable train control system ETCS, Finland is examining the right strategy for the country. Fintraffic Rail develops pioneering digital solutions under the “Digirail” label. By the beginning of 2020, a wide range of variants had been presented, for which R + R provided rough estimates of the life cycle costs. In the meantime, Fintraffic Rail has derived an ideal solution and has examined it in depth. At the beginning of 2021, R + R developed a refined cost estimate and compared it with the costs of a fallback solution. In addition, R + R supports the assessment of cost uncertainty and the cost consequences of risks.

22.09.2020

N1, Extension of the Zurich Northern Bypass

On September 22nd, 2020, the third tube of the Gubrist motorway tunnel was broken through after 1,000 days of construction work and an excavation length of about 3,000m. Thus, an important milestone of the N1 Zurich Northern Bypass extension project was finally reached.

However, the work continues. Within the next two years, the construction of the roadway, the interior fittings and the installation of operating and safety equipment will follow. After completion of the third tube, three lanes will be provided for Bern-bound traffic. Commissioning and opening for regular traffic are expected to take place at the end of 2022.

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09.04.2021
Oslo T-bane: CBTC project reaches important milestone
07.04.2021
ETCS introduction in Finland
22.09.2020
N1, Extension of the Zurich Northern Bypass
Federal Office of Transport (FOT)

DEVELOPMENT OF THE RAILWAY INFRASTRUCTURE LANDSCAPE – REVIEW OF THESES

Performance agreements exist between the Swiss federal government and the approximately 40 railway infrastructure operators (ROIs) in Switzerland to finance the planned, unfunded costs of operations and infrastructure maintenance. Against this backdrop, the Federal Office of Transport surmises the existence of unutilised potential for optimisation in today‘s decentralised organisational structure.

This potential for optimisation is specified through three theses:

I : Standardisation increases productivity
II : Differentiated standards and local knowledge can lower costs
III : Cooperation and professionalisation can increase efficiency and quality

The FOT mandated R+R and INFRAS with the task of reviewing these theses for selected RIOs with respect to cost efficiency and quality of construction projects, operational management, trackway and security installations.

The experiences of the selected RIOs were evaluated and the quantitative data analysed and compared via a benchmarking process.

It is not possible to summarily verify or reject the theses in question. All three theses are justifiable, but sometimes in different categories. A high level of standardisation, for instance, may be beneficial to the efficiency of both an individual RIO as well as between RIOs in the case of large or tightly connected organisations. For small and more independent RIOs the standards may be too expensive, however. How efficiency is attained largely depends on the specific requirements of the individual RIOs.

Key data

Client
Federal Office of Transport (FOT)

Processing period
2018

Project type
Rail

Services
Consulting

Fields of expertise
Benchmarking

Downloads
Project sheet

Contact

Dr. Jost Lüking

Consultant economics, chairman of the board of directors