Publications

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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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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