ERFA fully supports a competitive and innovative single European railway market offering attractive, fair and transparent market conditions for all railway companies.
ERFA subscribes to the EU’s White Paper goal of achieving sustainable transport, moving more freight and passengers off the roads and onto rail. We work to ensure that rail stays a priority for the European sustainable transport agenda and that the right EU regulatory approach is taken to foster growth in rail.
The 4th Railway Package is one of the key political priorities for the members of ERFA, but not the only one. In fact, new entrants are committed to make rail freight corridors and TEN-T networks a success by seizing the opportunities they create and by feeding back experience and ideas for improvement to all.
Likewise, ERFA is supporting ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System) to make rail transport safer and more competitive by deploying ERTMS-fitted rolling stock wherever it is sustainable.
Last, but not least, ERFA has a strong interest in minimizing climate change and its members contribute to the reduction of environmental effects by delivering highly attractive customer services, thereby creating a strong pull effect of its customers to opt for rail transportation.
ERFA welcomes the European Court of Auditors’ ERTMS report, stating that ERTMS has not been properly planned, deployed and managed, and that the individual business case for the parties involved have not been considered.
The lack of a business case for today’s railway undertakings, who will face the costs, but very little of the benefits of ERTMS, should be addressed as a priority.
ERFA welcomes the key report recommendations for a thorough assessment of the costs, coordinated and legally binding dates for decommissioning national signalling systems and the improved targeting of EU funding for cross-border sections and locomotives involved in international traffic.
Last week a new proposal for the regulation on EU rail passengers’ rights and obligations was released by the European Commission.
ALLRAIL stresses that better access to rail travel information should become a passenger right.
While ALLRAIL welcomes the new Regulation, our press release highlights how the travel information proposals will jeopardise further growth in above Rail competition.