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    The power of market orientation


    ERFA is a small but effective lobbying organization in Brussels. Its success is founded on pragmatism and the operational
    experience of its members, who are represented in the association mainly at CEO level.




Technical Adviser

Secretary General Policy Officer
Lindsay Durham
Head of Rail Strategy at Freightliner Group
Markus Vaerst Julia Lamb Silvia De Rocchi  
Ms Julia Lamb - ERFA Secretary General    

"Track access charges represent the
single largest cost for rail freight operators. In many European countries high track access charges put rail freight at a disadvantage to road freight. Efficient and consistent rail access pricing, taking other modes of transport into account, is needed in order to avoid price distortions that undermine the competitiveness of the sector."

For more than 25 years Markus Vaerst has been acquiring a broad knowledge base and in-depth experience in various European rail freight related matters.As ERFA Technical Advisor he follows closely Liberalization, Safety, Interoperability, and Noise. In particular he represents ERFA in several Expert and Working Groups established by the European Commission and the European Union Agency for Railways (e.g. Expert Group on the Technical Pillar of the 4th Railway Package, Task Force on Noise TSI, Revision of the ECM-Regulation, Working Group on the European Vehicle Register). He also covers issues related to ERTMS/ETCS and TAF TSI and is ERFA rapporteur in the Joint Committee of the GCU (General Contract of Use for Wagons). Julia Lamb is Secretary General of ERFA since 1st July 2014. Julia Lamb is former Head of cabinet for MEP Brian Simpson, the European Parliament’s Chair of the Transport and Tourism Committee

Silvia has worked at ERFA since September 2017. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, both obtained at the University of Milan Bicocca and also a Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Management in Spain. Previous work experience includes working for the consultancy TRA Consulting, where she developed studies and strategic analysis in the rail and aviation sector. As part of that position Silvia undertook a project on intermodality for Iberia. Silvia has also worked as Rail and Freight Policy Assistant in T&E, an environmental NGO based in Brussels.


Company: Freightliner Group (UK)

Company: Association CRE (CH)


Company: ERFA

Company: ERFA




Tony Berkeley
Chairman of RFG

Irmtraut Tonndorf
Communications Director of Hupac
François Coart
Strategy Director of Europorte

Matthias Knüpling
Head of Business Development Wagon Hire Europe

Alpha Trains    
“Rail services will grow if there is full, open and fair competition. Access to all facilities for freight and passenger services is an essential ingredient for competition and, with it, much improved customer services and competitive prices.”

“ERFA sustains new entrants on the rail market. They invest in the rail system, offer innovative services, and generate jobs across Europe. Fair and reliable framework conditions are a prerequisite for investments. Allowing dominant players to block new operators, simply works against the wider interest of revitalizing rail in Europe.”

"In France the capillary network serves 20% of the rail volume. It is at risk. SNCF Réseau is lacking only 30 M€ per year for the 5 next year to renew it. Most of the traffic is export: this is an urgent European rail issue"

"The continued growth potential for
intermodal transport in Europe is an opportunity rail must capitalise on. The attractiveness of rail for the customer must be driven forward by optimal management of both rail infrastructure and rolling stock – to maximise volumes, productivity, capacity as well as to ensure quality and reliability of the service in the interest of supporting the marketability of the rail system."

Company: Rail Freight Group (UK)
Company: Hupac (CH)
Company: Europorte (FR)
Company: VTG Rail Europe GmbH (DE)


Michail Stahlhut
Chairman of Netzwerk Europäischer Eisenbahnen

Joakim Landholm

CEO of Hector Rail

Yuriy Maslikov
Director of Ost-West Logistik
Dr. Dirk Stahl
CEO of BLS Cargo
Alpha Trains    
"Easy rail needed in Europe: more capacity by train length harmonisation allowing at least 740 m and 2000 tonnes on TENT-T lines & more interoperability with the harmonisation of driver language and the enforcement of the one driver policy in Italy." "Currently, there is no business case for RUs to invest in ERTMS. Without reduced costs to RUs, rail will not gain competitiveness. Therefore, some of the savings captured by IMs must be transferred to cover, at a minimum, the conversion costs of existing rolling stock." “No major change in transport is
possible without the support of adequate infrastructure and more intelligence in using it. The EU Transport White Paper together with the signed Agreement of Association between the Ukraine and the EU should generate more rail freight traffic, stimulating growth and employment. Much needed results from the Ukrainian rail freight market liberalisation will increase the cargo transportation from Italy, France and Germany to Afghanistan and Iran through the Ukraine making optimal use of the
international railway transport corridors.”
"Rail freight has to gain competitiveness towards road. For this, rail regulation has to be simplified and consequently brought to an standardized European level. Rail freight operators will make efficient use of the new infrastructures on the corridors if there is a fair level playing field with road, concerning regulation and infrastructure access."  
Company : NEE (DE)
  Company: Hector Rail (SE)

Company: Ost-West Logistik

   Company: BLS Cargo (CH)