What to Expect from the IRFC 2022

What to Expect from Session 2 of the International Rail Forum & Conference 2022

The IRFC 2022 conference will take place from 5 to 7 October – roughly in the middle of the Czech Presidency of the EU Council. It will therefore provide an opportunity to partially assess whether the Czech Republic’s priorities for transport, and especially rail, have been set correctly within the Presidency.

One of the Czech Republic’s priorities is, among other things, rail interoperability and standardisation – a topic that could open a discussion on the completion of the Single European Railway Area. What interoperability means for the development of rail, how it helps and where it brings possible obstacles will be the topics of Session 2, ‘Interoperability and Standardisation’. This session will be moderated by Josef Doppelbauer, Executive Director of the EU Agency for Railways.

The session is divided into 3 topics:

  • TSI revision cycle 2022 – its importance and implementation
  • New generation of ERTMS – vision or reality?
  • Digital Automatic Coupling (DAC) – challenge for freight transport

These topics will be the main focus of ERA presentations. The European ERTMS Coordinator, Mr Matthias Ruete and Cyrille Guyon from ERMEWA will speak on the much discussed topic, Digital Automatic Coupling. There will also be a presentation on the FRMCS Concept and AŽD, as one of the founding members of Europe’s Rail JU, will indicate whether ERTMS is the ticket to the world of advanced traffic management technologies.

A major benefit of the conference is that representatives from all areas of the rail sector will be able to discuss in one place.

The moderated discussion will then give room for any additional explanations and answers to questions from the audience.

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