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Basic objectives

We want to achieve the best conditions for a competitive railway sector.

The mission of ERFA is to promote European rail transportation and its stakeholders through the complete liberalisation of the market.

ERFA seized the opportunity of the discussion on the 4th Railway Package, to develop synergies and bundle forces between freight and passenger new entrants - who face similar challenges - vs. incumbent, historic operators. Seeking strong alliance with such passenger operators strengthens the voice for change in the rail sector.

ERFA brings together the views of the independently managed operators to support the decision-making process with a focus on policy and technical affairs.

We are seeking to:

  • Improve the competitive position of rail against other modes 
  • Achieve liberalisation for a fully transparent, independent and open railway market
  • Reduce legal and material obstacles to cross-border and international transport services
  • Work towards the development of interoperability and the implementation of common safety standards commensurate with competing modes
  • Bring about optimal operating conditions on the European rail network.
  • National rail freight associations

Latest News


ERFA press release on ERTMS

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.



ALLRAIL Press Release on Rail Passenger Rights

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.


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