26/11/2021 - Press Release - ERFA Board of Directors Re-elect Dirk Stahl and Maciej Gladyga as President and Vice-President
During the ERFA Board of Directors meeting held on 26 November 2021, the decision was taken to re-elect Dirk Stahl and Maciej Gladyga as ERFA President and ERFA-Vice President respectively. Both mandates are for a two-year period up until November 2023. This period will consist of a number of important legislative revisions, such as the Rail Freight Corridors Regulation and TEN-T Guidelines, as well as a revision to existing State Aid rules for Railway Undertakings.
On the occasion of the Express arrival in Rotterdam and Antwerp this week, the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO), the European Rail Infrastructure Manager (EIM), the European Rail Freight Association (ERFA) and the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure (CER) jointly call for more attention to rail-port connectivity.
Europes major Infrastructure Managers and Railway Undertakings endorsed a Joint Vision for the Sector on Digital Capacity Management. RailNetEurope, Forum Train Europe, the Rail Freight Forward initiative, the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies, European Rail Infrastructure Managers and the European Rail Freight Association have published the cornerstones of the future of Digital Capacity Management (DCM). DCM will contribute to freeing up capacity on congested lines and boosting modal shift to rail for both passenger and freight traffic. A strong call for investments in Digital Capacity Management stresses its role as a major game changer in order to reach the Green Deal targets for the transport sector. DCM is the integral IT-part of the European programme - TimeTable Redesign (TTR) for Smart Capacity Management.
The first half of 2021 has seen rail freight experience the highest modal share of rail freight traffic in transalpine transport via Switzerland in 25 years. The modal split for rail freight has gone up from 71.5% in 2020 to 74.4% in the first half 2021 which is for sure the highest in Europe. This positive achievement shows first and foremost that modal shift is achievable when the proper political framework is in place. Lessons from these developments and Swiss transport policy should therefore be carried into European policy over the coming years.