Publications

ERFA INPUT TO OTIF DISCUSSIONS ON LIABILITY

ERFA has submitted an official position to OTIF on the proposal from Switzerland to modify Article 7 § 1 UR CUV (26th Meeting of the OTIF Revision Committee). ERFA does not support the Swiss proposal to modify the liability rules in case of damages to freight wagons.

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Press Statement: Learnings from Rastatt

Infrastructure Managers must strengthen their support for international services. Rail freight companies set out their priorities: - Infrastructure managers must take responsibility for developing one standard infrastructure. - Adaptation to different operational rules, signalling systems, language requirements, train parameters. - Full liability for the financial damages caused by Rastatt must also be settled by DB Netz.

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Rastatt disaster: let's learn the lessons!

ERFA with 28 other European and national-based associations co-signed an open letter addressed to: Commissioner Bulc, 28 EU Transport Ministers, Swiss Transport Minister, Rail Freight Corridors and Executive Director of ERA.  The Rastatt disaster led to chaos and wide-reaching economic damage. It is vital rail wins back customer confidence.

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More Budget for Transport Coalition

ERFA together with the European transport organisations promotes the campaign: More budget for transport. The transport sector plays a very important role in our day to day lives. It employs over 20 million people, which represents 10% of total EU employment. Every day the sector faces new challenges. To keep up with the times we need to continue the process of innovation we have begun. High EU financial resources are so important for the future!  

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More EU budget for transport!

Why does EU transport need more investments in the future? The transport associations from across the different modes, including ERFA, have joined forces to explain!

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RASTATT DISASTER! Open letter to EU Commissioner Bulc and Federal Minister Dobrindt

An open letter to EU Commissioner Bulc and Federal Minister Dobrindt in order to underline the severe problems that rail freight is facing on Europe’s most important North-South corridor The Rhine valley railways will be interrupted for almost two months because of the Rastatt construction site incident. Once the route is reopened on the announced date of 7 October 2017, railway logistics will have suffered immense damage.

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ERFA input to Access to Rail Facilities

ERFA provides input to the on-going discussions on legislative changes to the Access to Rail Facilities framework. ERFA welcomes the European Commission?s intentions to introduce transparent access conditions, pricing and clear procedures for handling requests and solving conflicts, with a view to optimising the effective use of service facilities for all railway undertakings, but hghlights potential loopholes in the latest draft.

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ERFA input to Annex VII revision

ERFA welcomes the current draft legislation as already a big step forward in improving the current poor planning of the IMs and the limited efforts made to minimise disruptions for RU services on national networks. The provisions that apply for capacity restrictions for cross border operations are also very helpful for improving the coordination work that is already supposed to happen on the RFCs, under Regulation 913/2010, but that does not take place/deliver any results.

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List of Applicable Legislation

Recently ERFA, together with other associations entered into a joint agreement with TÜV Süd, where the latter will provide the associations with an updated list of all applicable legislation for railway manufacturing, maintenance and refurbishment, also known as "Listing of directives relating to RFU-PLG Ol3"

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RINF use and evolution

The primary objective of RINF is to support the process of assessing the route compatibility between the vehicle and the route. In order to support a sound assessment the register of infrastructure must be comprehensive. RINF has to be populated with the relevant information by each National Registry Entity (NRE).

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