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ERFA supports EU proposals for

19-05-17

ERFA supports EU proposals for "quick wins" to improve rail's reliability and performance

The EU is proposing new rules to create a more customer-orientated rail network, taking important steps forward to improve the reliability and quality of rail services.

The changes aim at minimising disruptions to rail services when infrastructure works are being carried out and at creating a more dynamic and flexible timetable process for reserving capacity.

 

ALLRAIL press release - Difficult climate for new entrants

18-05-17

ALLRAIL press release - Difficult climate for new entrants

As Locomore declares financial insolvency, ALLRAIL highlights the crippling cost challenges and entry barriers for rail, limiting the growth of eco-friendly rail transport.

 









ERFA leads the calls for rail to raise its game

18-03-16

ERFA leads the calls for rail to raise its game

At ERFA's Annual event the EU Commission's Head of Transport Henrik Hololei led calls for the rail sector to raise its game. Highlighting ERFA's ambitious, new action plan to deliver high performance on the rail freight corridors, Mr Hololei welcomed the fresh momentum to tackle rail's current underperformance.
 

 

Joint Open Letter ahead of Trilogues on 4th RP

26-10-15

Joint Open Letter ahead of Trilogues on 4th RP

An open letter co-signed by the representatives of the customers,passengers, independent rail operators, rail leasing companies and environmental campaigners urging ambitious reform of the rail sector.

 

Close financial transparency loopholes

29-09-15

Close financial transparency loopholes

Ahead of a decisive meeting on 30th September ERFA urges an end to loopholes in financial transparency. The loopholes that have recently emerged in discussions within Council create competitive distortions between EU Member States and within the rail sector. ERFA warns that they are contrary to the conditions needed for a competitive rail sector.

 

Financial Transparency - an essential pre-condition for a rail system that generates growth and competitiveness

15-09-15

Financial Transparency - an essential pre-condition for a rail system that generates growth and competitiveness

 ERFA raises concerns over the weakening of financial transparency provisions within the 4th Railway Package discussions.

 

Competition improves quality of rail services

09-09-15

Competition improves quality of rail services

Ahead of the Transport Working Party on the opening of the domestic passenger market ERFA urges EU Member States to harness the benefits of competition in order to drive up the quality of rail services. Shielding rail services from any kind of competitive pressure does not help the sector generate growth or attract investment.

 




ERFA,CLECAT and ESC support more cooperation and customer-orientation on the railways

20-02-15

ERFA,CLECAT and ESC support more cooperation and customer-orientation on the railways

The independent rail operators, represented by ERFA and the rail freight customers, represented by CLECAT and ESC urge EU decision-makers to give their strong support to more cooperation and customer-orientation on the railways.

 


ERFA urges more compliance with EU legislation in the rail sector

14-01-15

ERFA urges more compliance with EU legislation in the rail sector

Failure to implement EU rail legislation undermines the Single European Railway Area, jeopardising safety, competitiveness and growth of the rail sector. 

 






Change at ERFA board

19-08-14

Change at ERFA board

 

Why greater separation is needed

21-07-14

Why greater separation is needed

ERFA clarifies why greater separation between those running the tracks and those running the trains in Europe is badly needed.

 

The 4th Railway Package establishes fair market conditions.

18-07-14

The 4th Railway Package establishes fair market conditions.

New entrant rail operators, represented by ERFA, are worried about the remonopolisation tendency in the railway market. The 4thRailway Package, proposed by the European Commission, intends to establish a level playing-field.

 

ERFA urges the EU Member States to deliver on the political pillar of the 4th Railway Package.

26-06-14

ERFA urges the EU Member States to deliver on the political pillar of the 4th Railway Package.

EU Member States in the driving seat for the creation of a European railway market boosting jobs and growth

 

ERFA elects new Chair, Irmtraut Tonndorf, at 6th June ERFA Board meeting

06-06-14

ERFA elects new Chair, Irmtraut Tonndorf, at 6th June ERFA Board meeting

At today’s Board Meeting of the European Rail Freight Association, Irmtraut Tonndorf of Hupac was elected President, and Frank Schuhholz of ERS Railways Vice President.

 

ERFA welcomes pragmatic solution on Channel Tunnel access charges

29-04-14

ERFA welcomes pragmatic solution on Channel Tunnel access charges

“Enough talking and more actions like the decision taken today are needed if we are to enable rail freight volumes to meet their potential” said ERFA Vice-President Frank Schuhholz

 


At its 13th General Assembly Meeting, the ERFA welcomed 3 new Members and furthermore welcomed 3 existing Members onto the Board of Directors

10-04-14

At its 13th General Assembly Meeting, the ERFA welcomed 3 new Members and furthermore welcomed 3 existing Members onto the Board of Directors

Expansion of ERFA & reinforcement of the Board, strengthening the voice of independent rail operators in Europe, as Vice-President  Siim Kallas and TRAN Chair Brian Simpson pledge their strong on-going support to the sector.

 



Coming back from Strasbourg where ERFA tried to convince MEPs not to adopt the CER amendments, ERFA was quoted by Railbusiness and Europolitics because of the challenges and stakes for the still waited market opening via new governance models!

11-02-14

Coming back from Strasbourg where ERFA tried to convince MEPs not to adopt the CER amendments, ERFA was quoted by Railbusiness and Europolitics because of the challenges and stakes for the still waited market opening via new governance models!

 












To the European Council of Transport of 10 June: Keep the spirit of the 4th Railway Package and speed up!

30-05-13

To the European Council of Transport of 10 June: Keep the spirit of the 4th Railway Package and speed up!

Do not delay the process: It would be totally harmful for the market opening to foresee too long transitional period and only allow ERA to be fully empowered in the 2020’s. The President Coart reminded: “We as ERFA request a liberalized market in the interest of all railway operators. We need the 4th Railway Package keeping its integrity in order to remove technical and administrative barrier which put our community at danger. Benefits will arise for the new private operators as well as for the incumbents, especially on long-distance international traffic. We cannot wait 20 years to see our market liberalized”

 



ERFA “Vollständige Marktöffnung ist auf der Schiene”

01-03-13

ERFA “Vollständige Marktöffnung ist auf der Schiene”

 












ERFA’s President François Coart interviewed by DVZ on the French Railway System Restructuration

09-11-12

ERFA’s President François Coart interviewed by DVZ on the French Railway System Restructuration

The President Coart is worried at French plans to bring the national infrastructure manager RFF back under the umbrella of the State railways SNCF!

 



For ERFA, the « separation » model creates less conflict of interest and/or suspicion!

30-10-12

For ERFA, the « separation » model creates less conflict of interest and/or suspicion!

Some days before the announcement by the French government of the new Railway Architecture, François Coart is interviewed by LLF in France and comments on the governance models, the decision of the Advocate General, the role of the “pivot” RU, …..

 



ERFA recognises there are exceptions for integrated structures - like inland ports and others - which have their own “raison d’être”

19-09-12

ERFA recognises there are exceptions for integrated structures - like inland ports and others - which have their own “raison d’être”

The Secretary General was invited by Privatbahn magazine to comment on separation of infrastructure

 

ERFA supports the restructuration plan of NMBS/SNCB in 2 entities in Belgium

18-09-12

ERFA supports the restructuration plan of NMBS/SNCB in 2 entities in Belgium

The Secretary General was interviewed by the Newspaper La Libre Belgique about the restructuratiion plan of Minister Paul Magnette

 

EUROPORTE wins contract to manage railway infrastructure at the Port Autonome de Strasbourg

11-09-12

EUROPORTE wins contract to manage railway infrastructure at the Port Autonome de Strasbourg

Eurporte extends its references in management of port railway’s management with this first multimodal Inland port on river Rhine

 

2 ERFA Members cooperate : HECTOR RAIL & CAPTRAIN on long haul intermodal trains between Spanish border and Scandinavia

07-09-12

2 ERFA Members cooperate : HECTOR RAIL & CAPTRAIN on long haul intermodal trains between Spanish border and Scandinavia

 

ERFA position on the Advocate General opinion

06-09-12

ERFA position on the Advocate General opinion

The same day as the EESC conference, the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice delivered his opinion. ERFA reacted by issuing a press release

 

ERFA with CER and UNIFE on the Swiss federal law on railway noise

31-08-12

ERFA with CER and UNIFE on the Swiss federal law on railway noise

Common press release in Bern on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of VAP/CRE

 

MEP Simpson skeptical over “unbundling”

30-08-12

MEP Simpson skeptical over “unbundling”

Comments of Europolitics and interview of Secretary General

 

ERFA Open letter to Brian Simpson, MEP, Chairman of the Committee of transport and tourism

07-08-12

ERFA Open letter to Brian Simpson, MEP, Chairman of the Committee of transport and tourism

The President François Coart address to MEP Brian Simpson following his interview in DVZ of July 21raising some concerns amongst ERFA. See POSITIONS/PUBLICATIONS section.

 

The sector and ERFA welcome new report on the Railway Vehicle Authorization

12-07-12

The sector and ERFA welcome new report on the Railway Vehicle Authorization

See the common press release and the comment of ERFA Secretary General

 

ERFA welcomes TOUAX as new Member

25-06-12

ERFA welcomes TOUAX as new Member

 

ERFA congratulates the EU institutions and Danish Presidency on the Recast

19-06-12

ERFA congratulates the EU institutions and Danish Presidency on the Recast

Important results are achieved, especially on Rail Related Services, consultation of users for the 5 years strategy plan of IM and on a better regulation of the market

 

ERFA position on the SNCB restructuration (Belgium)

06-06-12

ERFA position on the SNCB restructuration (Belgium)

Interview of the Secretary General by the Belgian newspaper “L’Echo”

 

ERFA fully support the EIM call to extend the essential functions

09-05-12

ERFA fully support the EIM call to extend the essential functions

ERFA is in favor of the total independence of the Infrastructure Manager which can be reached by the best possible extension of essential functions, those determining the equitable and non-discriminatory access to the network and rail related services (RRS)

 

Unbundling sparks tension

07-04-12

Unbundling sparks tension

Comments on the separation issue by Europolitics

 

ERFA on the needed success of the European Railway reform for Belgium

05-04-12

ERFA on the needed success of the European Railway reform for Belgium

Interview of the Secretary General by the Belgian newspaper “De Tijd”

 

“Railway unbundling: A ”simple and less costly” solution

27-03-12

“Railway unbundling: A ”simple and less costly” solution

ERFA’s Secretary General was interviewed by Europolitics on the issues of the recast of the 1st Railway Package

 

ERFA points the threat of ERTMS for new entrants

17-01-12

ERFA points the threat of ERTMS for new entrants

DVZ comments the letter sent by ERFA to Commissioner Vice President S. Kallas