Press Releases

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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Learnings from Rastatt

Rail freight companies set out their priorities following the Rastatt disaster: Infrastructure managers must take responsibility for developing one standard infrastructure if rail is to be competitive with road. Full liability for the financial damages caused by Rastatt must also be settled by DB Netz in the short term. The lost customer confidence in rail as a reliable partner in the supply chain must be regained

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Adoption of the new EU rules to improve rail infrastructure works

The adoption of new EU rules to improve the coordination of infrastructure works is a positive step forward for rail's competitiveness. Improved rail performance is essential to make rail more customer-friendly and to encourage a shift of goods from road to rail. ERFA urges infrastructure managers to ensure the success of the new framework for organising infrastructure works!  

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Urgent need of a business case for ERTMS

ERFA welcomes the European Court of Auditors' ERTMS report, stating that ERTMS has not been properly planned, deployed and managed, and that the individual business case for the parties involved have not been considered. The lack of a business case for today's railway undertakings, who will face the costs, but very little of the benefits of ERTMS, should be addressed as a priority.

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ERFA welcomes European Commission decision to fine Lithuanian Railways

This unprecedented case of anti-competitive behaviour jeopardised efforts to shift more goods onto rail and to build a more competitive rail sector. ERFA underlines the need for greater efforts on the part of Member States to support a competitive European rail sector We also encourage the European Commission to pursue without delay other anti-competitive cases in the rail sector.

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