Press Releases

Working together for a more competitive rail network

On the occasion of the Rail Freight Day in Vienna ERFA President Lindsay Durham key priorities for boosting rail freight transport in the coming years. ? Increasing efficiency and reducing costs through a more standardised infrastructure ? Increasing the reliability of rail services by putting in place incentives for Infrastructure Managers to deal with recurring problems on the network ? An improved framework for delivering competition within rail.

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Press release: 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.

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ERFA, NEE and UIRR Press release: Rastatt anniversary

One year after the reopening of the Rastatt line ERFA, NEE and UIRR highlight the lessons learnt and the positive steps taken to tackle rail freight's weak points, while mentioning some issues that remain open to this day. Never again must the closure of a small stretch of railway line lead to such chaos and wide-reaching economic damage.

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Input Paper on simplification of language requirements

Many rail freight services cross the borders of countries where different languages are spoken. At the moment European legislation states that locomotive drivers must be B1 level competency in every country in which they drive a train. This means that rail freight operators must invest in expensive training and that they must carefully roster their train drivers to only drive on certain routes.

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Press Release on the ERFA Annual Event

The ERFA Annual Event focussed on the actions needed to improve the competitive offer of rail through reducing track access charges, improving the reliability of train services and making the case for strong co-ordinated Infrastructure Manager contingency plans.

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The economic impact of Rastatt

ERFA, NEE and UIRR jointly published a study realised by HTC (Hanseatic Transport Consultancy) which evaluates the economic damage of the Rastatt interruption. The assessment of the economic damage has been made by determining the value-added losses for the manufacturing and service sectors: the result shows losses of at least 2.048 billion euro.

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New mark-ups in Netherlands

Following the latest Dutch government's decision which allows Prorail to introduce new mark-ups in the rail freight sector, ERFA highlights that the future mark-ups should reflect the ability of rail to compete with road rather than looking inwardly at the railway system.

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Press Release on French Government's orientations

ERFA welcomes Spinetta report's general orientation: the French railways needs more competition! The report initiative is a positive step forwards; it provides hope that France will start moving on the right trajectory towards a policy of supporting modal shift to rail, with measures enhancing a healthy competition. The French government's orientations, warmly applauded, are expected to be urgently implemented.

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ERFA WELCOMES FR INVESTMENT IN SIDINGS

The French initiative signals a positive step forwards in terms of modal shift and support for the rail freight sector. More still needs to be done to address critical quality issues on the French rail market. In line with newly adopted EU rules on access to rail facilities it is essential that non-discriminatory and transparent access for all refurbished sidings be granted to all operators.

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