As a CSA (Coordinated and Support Action), the overarching aim of the REFINET project is creating a sustainable network that integrates relevant stakeholders’ representatives of all transport modes (road, railway, maritime, fluvial…) and transport infrastructure sectors in order to create a shared European vision of how should be specified, designed, built or renovated, and maintained the multimodal European transport infrastructure network of the future (including, but not only, cross-modal aspects) in order to enhance the effectiveness of the sector, and elaborating the Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) that will define the innovation activities that are required to made this vision a reality. In order to address the different levels of development of the transport infrastructures in the European countries, REFINET will consider two complementary scenarios:
- Maintenance and upgrading of already exiting transport infrastructures,
- Development of new transport infrastructures (multimodal infrastructure).
This CSA will contribute to create European-wide consensus on where to focus in terms of research and innovation in order to further increase the performance of multimodal transport infrastructure through improving the productivity of the assets (reducing maintenance costs, extending the life span…) and reduce drastically traffic disruptions of transport flows from inspection, construction and maintenance activities to accommodate increasing/changing traffic demand. REFINET will kickstart a long-term ambition and initiative, paving the way to enhanced technology transfer and mass-market development for innovative materials, components, systems and processes supporting the pan-European generalisation of advanced multimodal infrastructures. It will, thus, handle the demand within various industrial sectors and help match the EU Grand Challenges and the EU-2020 Strategy, and achieve goals of main stakeholders.
List of REFINET Objectives
O.1 – Creating the REFINET Network; this will involve the key European and international stakeholders and infrastructures operators in multimodal transport.
O.2 – Defining the REFINET Vision about the multimodal European transport infrastructure network of the future.
O.3 – Deploying the REFINET Vision – through a well-founded SIP (Strategic Implementation Plan) providing a comprehensive set of prioritised actions and activities – as well as providing private and public decision makers a set of up-to-date recommendations and guidelines (including good practices and lessons learnt) for strategic research and required levels of cooperation between all (transport modes and infrastructures) stakeholders.
O.4 – Communication and dissemination of the REFINET activities and achievements in order to aware the sector about the REFINET resources and SIP and create synergies with other initiatives.