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ERFA reminds the liberalisation of the market helps the Railway Safety Process

ERFA reminds the liberalisation of the market helps the Railway Safety Process

14-08-13

The ERFA welcomes the recent ERA intermediate report on railway safety in the European Union (> See the link http://www.era.europa.eu/Search/Key-Documents). This report shows that the level of European railway safety is constantly improving with the market liberalisation process initiated in 2006 for national and international freight transport. François Coart, President, points out:  “Private and new railway undertakings entering the market are investing heavily in training and in rolling stock.  They have put safety at the top of their priorities and are subject to very many inspections.  We are helping to improve the overall level of rail safety.  The approval of the 4th railway package as a whole, namely its technical pillar, but also its new infrastructure governance pillar, will help boost even further the system’s safety level through the harmonisation and easier application of national rules, and will contribute to an enhanced dissemination of operating experience and rules on good practices.  The governance of the system must also enable the infrastructure manager to affirm its independence and to bring its operational means and resources as well as investments under control, which will help to raise the safety level of the overall system.”