The Sherpa anti-terrorism research project is divided into four work packages:

  • developing a coherent approach for terrorist risk assessment and management
  • analysis of emerging terrorism-related threats against stations and trains
  • assessment of security solutions and the need for better security at stations and on trains while taking into account business constraints, and
  • practical tools such as training, guidelines, and best practices for a common approach to raise awareness and improve security at stations and on trains.

Sherpa, which stands for a shared and coherent European railway protection approach, is funded by the European Union’s Internal Security Fund. The project is being coordinated by the UIC and members of the consortium comprise Belgian national operator SNCB, French National Railways (SNCF), German Rail (DB), Italian State Railways (FS), and Polish national railway PKP.