24.08.2021

A1, Extension of the Zurich Northern Bypass

The main construction work for the Weiningen motorway exit and the covered road section will start on August 16, 2021. The Weiningen exit will be relocated and moved around 200m closer to the Limmattalerkreuz junction. In addition, all three Gubrist tunnel tubes will be extended by a new 100m covered motorway section. This will reduce the noise and pollution levels of the adjacent residential areas. From mid-August, the top pavement layer of the roadway in the new third Gubrist tunnel tube will be installed over a period of approximately 3 weeks. Thus, most of the construction work will have been completed. In autumn 2021, installation of the traffic control and safety systems for the third Gubrist tunnel tube will start.

05.07.2021

R+R has moved

Since June 1, 2021, the R+R offices have been moved into new premises on the 6th floor of the Duplex building in Baden at Brown Boveri Strasse 12. As before, we are still at a very central location within the city of Baden. As you notice, we also took the opportunity to update our website. We hope you enjoy the new content, and we look forward to welcoming you in our new offices at the next opportunity.

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.

News
24.08.2021
A1, Extension of the Zurich Northern Bypass
05.07.2021
R+R has moved
09.04.2021
Oslo T-bane: CBTC project reaches important milestone
07.04.2021
ETCS introduction in Finland
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