The House of Rail strives for full performance of the European rail freight market. 

  • In 2006, 4 European associations founded the House Rail: ERFA (European Rail Freight Association), ERFCP (European Rail Freight Customers Platform), F&L (European Freight and Logistics Leaders Forum), UIP (International Union of Private Wagons).
  • In 2007, 2 national associations completed the membership: CRE (Cargo Rail Europe) from Switzerland and IBS (Interessensgemeinschaft der Bahnspediteure). .
  • The main objective of the House of Rail is to work jointly towards full market liberalisation, the emerging of competing rail operators and open access to all rail facilities in Europe. 
  • The working programme of the House of Rail is based on a 5-tier performance list: 

- Legal Performance
- Operational Performance
- Technical Performance
- Investment Performance
- Mode Performance

  • The Speaker of the House of Rail is Lord Tony Berkeley. For further information about the House Rail, please contact:




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

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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.

The EU legislation establishing the rail freight corridors is too weak on performance objectives and the voluntary initiatives undertaken are not legally binding, limiting the progress of the corridors.

Market oriented KPIs and data would improve the efficiency of the Corridors, potentially attracting more customers and so becoming more attractive to investments. 

Last but not least we need much more coordination and cooperation among IMs. Contingency plans, coordination of works along the lines, alternative routes in case of disruption. We need to be prepared in emergency situations..and to learn lessons from RASTATT!

Rail customers are losing patience….all the efforts made in the past could be for nothing if the RFCs do not make significant progress in performance.



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