Events

Events

ERFA Strategy Day 2018
  • 23
  • Nov
  • 2018

ERFA Strategy Day 2018

Private rail freight companies, represented by ERFA, held their annual strategy workshop in Brussels this week. The conditions needed to boost rail freight growth in Europe and to drive rail?s attractiveness for customers on quality, reliability and cost issues were the main themes of the day.

RU Dialogue ERFA presentation on TCRs
  • 05
  • Nov
  • 2018

RU Dialogue ERFA presentation on TCRs

An update was provided at the RU Dialogue on ERFA's subgroup "Future Legislation, Implementation,Soft measures". ERFA asks for support from the European Commission regarding last-minute funding of construction works by national ministries. How can national ministries be encouraged to provide business stability for the market and support Infrastructure Managers in effective planning and management of contsruction works?

ERFA presentation on Gauge issue linked to FCT recommendations
  • 05
  • Nov
  • 2018

ERFA presentation on Gauge issue linked to FCT recommendations

ERFA presented on the gauge issue at the RU Dialogue meeting on 5th November. Our presentation was linked to the ERA recommendations from the Facilitating Combined Transport Working Group but we also rose issues that were not covered by the ERA Working Group.

ERFA RU Subgroup meeting
  • 24
  • Oct
  • 2018

ERFA RU Subgroup meeting

The ERFA Chair of the RU Subgroup " Future Legislation, Implementation, Soft measures", Maciej Gladyga, presented an update on the work being done to sensitise Infrastructure Managers to the problems caused to rail services by construction works. The new EU legislative framework, Annex VII, should serve as a basis for improving the management and coordination of disruptions to the rail network. One key issue is the definition of a major TCR. RUs strongly believe that some construction works are split into several short independent periods of work when they should in fact count as one major disruption.

EU Rail Facility Portal
  • 15
  • Oct
  • 2018

EU Rail Facility Portal

ERFA presents at the Workshop on Common Portal for rail freight facilities. ERFA supports the development of a user-friendly EU portal that provides accurate and reliable data on service facilities. Access should be free of charge for users and costs for the efficient running of the portal should be kept low.

IRG Rail Annual Forum September 2018
  • 27
  • Sep
  • 2018

IRG Rail Annual Forum September 2018

At the IRG Rail Annual Forum today ERFA urged rail regulators to be a key progressive voice of change in the rail sector. Support for favourable business conditions are needed now more than ever to attract customers to rail. Key ERFA priorities are driver language simplification, minimising the impact of infrastructure disruptions on rail services and lowering access charges.

ERFA ANNUAL EVENT 2018
  • 24
  • Apr
  • 2018

ERFA ANNUAL EVENT 2018

ERFA's Annual event, held on April 18th was dedicated to the actions needed to reduce track access charges for rail and improve the competitive offer. The rules of the European Union oblige Member States to put in place incentives for reducing rail access charges. Access charges are a significant cost on the rail business, especially as for the most part rail's competitor road doesn't pay a similar fee for using the infrastructure.

RAIL FREIGHT DAY 2017
  • 07
  • Dec
  • 2017

RAIL FREIGHT DAY 2017

ERFA Directors Irmtraut Tonndorf and Michail Stahlhut highlight the need for rail to overcome language barriers, create viable alternative reroutings and centralise traffic operations.

ERFA presents at the annual meeting of European rail regulators - The needs of rail customers
  • 24
  • Nov
  • 2017

ERFA presents at the annual meeting of European rail regulators - The needs of rail customers

ERFA presents at the annual meeting of European rail regulators plenary on the needs of rail customers. A competitive environment is key to fostering the right conditions to meet customer needs. Healthy competition does not exist in most Member States.       

ERFA Strategy Day 2017
  • 17
  • Nov
  • 2017

ERFA Strategy Day 2017

ERFA held its annual strategy day with members on 15th November in Brussels. The unfriendly business environment for rail freight and weak state of the industry were the key themes and in particular the failure of rail to make any significant gains from modal shift was highlighted as a key symptom of weak competition in the market.

ERFA's presentation at the first annual IRG-Rail Forum
  • 19
  • Sep
  • 2017

ERFA's presentation at the first annual IRG-Rail Forum

At the first annual IRG Rail Forum ERFA gave an overview of the Rail Freight Corridors from a freight RUs perspective. The concerns of RUs were presented, highlighting the lack of joint agreement on performance indicators among IMs; the limited coordination on infrastructure works and investments and the lack of provision of appropriate alternatives during TCRs. All the efforts made in the past could be for nothing if the RFCs do not make significant progress in performance.                                                                            

1st RU-PRIME Dialogue Meeting
  • 31
  • Mar
  • 2017

1st RU-PRIME Dialogue Meeting

The joint dialogue between the Railway Undertakings (RU), the Infrastructure Managers (PRIME) fora took place on the 28th March in Brussels. Chaired by the European Commission, the objective was to discuss several issues in order to find a common understanding and common solutions to addressed them. ERFA and ERFA members actively participated to the discussions.