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.

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.

News
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
22.09.2020
N1, Extension of the Zurich Northern Bypass
Jernbaneverket Follobane UF

FOLLO LINE BENCHMARKING

The new Follo Line, most of which runs through a tunnel, links Oslo to Ski and will become the main axis for south-eastern Norway’s rail traffic in the future. On behalf of Jernbaneverket, the infrastructure operator, R+R reviewed the project costs and correlated them with comparable international projects as part of a benchmarking study.

The existing main railway line from Oslo towards the south-east is heavily used and is relatively slow on account of its routing. In order to improve the situation, the construction of a new 25-km line (most of which passes through a tunnel) directly connecting the cities of Oslo and Ski has been incorporated into the National Transport Plan for 2010-2019. The project is complemented by structural expansion work near the Oslo and Ski junctions. A start was made on the planning work for the Follo Line Project in 2010. Once it is completed, the Follo Line will serve as the new main axis for rail traffic between Oslo and the region to the east of the Oslo Fjord, as well as for long-haul and international traffic to Sweden. The project will create an additional fast and efficient axis for traffic in this corridor where usage is already heavy, thereby meeting one of the fundamental requirements for an attractive offering of transport services.

On behalf of the client, the Norwegian railway network operator Jernbaneverket, R+R carried out a cost benchmarking exercise on the available cost estimates. The first step was to analyse the cost structures in detail. Based on the extensive technical documentation, key costings were determined. The work focused on a comparison of the key costings for the Follo Line with the corresponding figures from the extensive project database assembled by R+R under the auspices of the Infracost project, based on cost data for over 200 international rail projects in the last 20 years. It is evident that the construction costs for the Follo Line tunnel are somewhat less than the average for comparable projects, whereas the costs of the earthworks and the technical rail equipment are above the average. The analysis singles out those areas with above-average costs, identifies the cost drivers and provides Jernbaneverket with indications of possible savings potentials and suggestions for future measures to reduce costs.

Key data

Client
Jernbaneverket Follobane UF

Processing period
2012

Project costs
3 billion CHF

Project type
Rail

Services
Consulting

Fields of expertise
Benchmarking

Downloads
Project sheet

Contact

Dr. Jost Lüking

Consultant economics, chairman of the board of directors