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Implementing EU rules is an urgent need to make rail more competitive

Implementing EU rules is an urgent need to make rail more competitive

12-07-17

ERFA, representing new entrants in the rail market highlights two deadlines in July, which are important steps forward in moving rail towards a more competitive and cost-effective sector.

  • The first deadline concerns the removal of more than 11 000 national rules, which heavily contribute to a fragmented and more costly rail market. ERFA fully supports the role of the European Union Railway Agency, ERA, in analysing, reviewing and removing all unnecessary and redundant national rules.
  • The second deadline concerns the transparency of how access charges are calculated and passed on to railway undertakings. Rail regulators will for the first time have the opportunity to scrutinise how the costs are calculated and to check whether railway undertakings are paying too much.