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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

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ERFA at the annual meeting of European rail regulators plenary

ERFA presents at the annual meeting of European rail regulators plenary on the needs of rail customers.

A competitive environment is key to fostering the right conditions to meet customer needs.

Healthy competition does not exist in most Member States. Dominant position of state incumbents undermines customer choice, quality, cost and innovation of services.

Infrastructure managers have limited incentives to create the right conditions to ensure competitive services, which in turn feeds bad quality and high prices.

Rail regulators should use their role in the market to foster a competitive environment, root out basic competition problems and support the end goal of modal shift.




Press Statement: Learnings from Rastatt

Infrastructure Managers must strengthen their support for international services.

Rail freight companies set out their priorities following the Rastatt disaster:

- Infrastructure managers must take responsibility for developing one standard infrastructure if rail is to be competitive with road.

- Rail companies who have to adapt to different operational rules, signalling systems, language requirements, train parameters can never deliver a competitive offer.

- Full liability for the financial damages caused by Rastatt must also be settled by DB Netz in the short term. The lost customer confidence in rail as a reliable partner in the supply chain must be regained.


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