Publications

A Single Language for the Single European Railway Area

ERFA believes that a single operational language, English, for international traffic is a necessary step towards an integrated Single European Railway Area, and should be part of the revision of the train drivers? directive (Directive 2007/59/EC). ERFA is convinced that a single operational language for international traffic is a simple but important step forward bringing supranational-orientation and competition in the European rail network as well as guaranteeing high safety standards.

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Noise Differentiated Track Access Charges

As controlling the levels of railway transportation noise continues to be a hot topic for the industry, Maria Price, Head of European Policies and Public Affairs at the International Union of Wagon Keepers (UIP) and Markus Vaerst, Acting Secretary General of the European Rail Freight Association (ERFA), reflect on recent policies in this area. They also assess whether the Noise Differentiated Track Access Charges (NDTAC) scheme is raising more concerns than support towards railway noise reduction.

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Joint letter urging strong EU action to decarbonise transport

In a joint letter to the European Commission the European transport associations, CER, EIM, ERFA, T&E, UITP and UNIFE call for an ambitious strategy to tackle rising Green House Gas emissions from the transport sector (from 1990 ? 2013 GHG emissions have risen by 20%) Major opportunities to decarbonise transport must be grasped within all modes, but also with a focus on shifting to cleaner modes.

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Rail Freight Corridors need quick wins

ERFA highlight a list of ?quick wins? for the Rail Freight Corridors ? relatively SMALL investments in quality than can result in BIG improvements on the performance of rail.

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A revision of the Rail Freight Corridors regulation is needed!

ERFA calls for a revision of the Rail Freight Corridors regulation in order to improve the performance of rail freight services, focusing on the need for strengthened leadership and targeted financial support for achieving quick wins, as well as improvements in the provision of efficient train paths.

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ERFA urges MEPs to defend financial transparency

In the updated position on the Governance negotiations ERFA urges the European Parliament to fight for financial transparency. The current status quo allows for the diversion of public money and other sources of revenue away from infrastructure investment and to undermine the running of competing rail services. ERFA argues this is not in the public interest or long term stratgic rail interest for a sustainable rail sector.

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ERFA ERTMS position paper

ERFA urges for an ERTMS implementation strategy that reduces costs and risks and ensures improved competitiveness of rail services from Day 1.

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ERFA Input Paper - Reforming rail

In reforming the management of railways priority must be given to making rail a more attractive transport mode both for customers and for investment in the sector. Ahead 8th September Council meeting ERFA opposes provisions that continue to allow anti-competitive behaviour, harming the quality of existing rail services as well as detering new investment into the rail sector.

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ERFA input paper on Governance discussions

Ahead of the Council Working Party meeting of 16th July ERFA urges for the creation of a one stop shop for all infrastructure-related issues and for assurances that the fragmentation of the Infrastructure functions will not lead to increased costs for the rail system.

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