Compared to other modes of transport, particularly road and aviation, rail is lagging behind in customer-orientated developments. This trend needs to be reversed.
Today, the barriers and discriminatory practices faced by all new entrants (public and private) across Europe prevent much-needed dynamism, innovation and creativity in the rail sector.
The barriers also undermine the wider interest of boosting growth and jobs across Europe.
ERFA’s objective is to bring about reliable and attractive market conditions and reforms for all new entrants via EU legislation whilst preventing EU legislation creating disadvantages for the rail sector.
ERFA will achieve this by creating a close and constructive relationship with all relevant EU institutions and other stakeholders whilst raising the awareness of the particular challenges of new entrants in the current railway market.
We contribute to the technical and administrative development of railways.
ERFA’s objective is to ensure suitable and affordable technical conditions whilst preventing EU legislation which may lead to discrimination of new entrants.
ERFA will achieve this by actively contributing to relevant initiatives of the European Commission and of ERA via its status as a recognised body of ERA (including its seat in the Board), whilst raising the awareness of the particular challenges and burdens of new entrants in the current railway market.
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.