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European DAC Delivery Programme

The Governing Board of the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking has endorsed the European DAC (Digital Automatic Coupler) Delivery Programme proposed by its Executive Director, voicing the request of the railway sector.  Building upon the outcomes achieved in Shift2Rail’s freight related R&I activities (Innovation Programme 5), and the acknowledged achievements of the sector, the European DAC Delivery Programme will be a unique opportunity for the sector to collectively drive the deployment of technological and operational solutions related to the DAC, by means of a focused and inclusive system approach under the umbrella of Shift2Rail.

This work will be performed together with the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA), relevant railway associations and technical bodies, under the overall steering of the European Commission.

The programme’s objectives will cover technological assessments of the available solutions, testing and demos, definition of migration plans, assessing the interfaces with other programmes, business cases, and communication and dissemination, aiming to facilitate the deployment of the DAC in Europe. Concretely, it will include:

      • the selection of an open, functional, operationally tested, safe and sustainable European DAC model ready for industrialisation and deployment;
      • the delivery of a final open design of the selected model, based on use-case considerations by the end of 2021, and its interoperability and safety requirements which could be incorporated into the TSI, Green Deal & Digitalization Package in 2022;
      • subject to the results of the ongoing business case analysis, the identification of migration and business plans compatible across Europe as well as the necessary resources to match them.

Interested parties can find on this page all public relevant information on the ongoing process for the European DAC Delivery Programme.