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 Strategy Day 2017

On the occasion of the ERFA Strategy Day Workshop, an internal meeting of private rail freight companies in Europe, the unfriendly business environment for rail freight and the weak state of the industry were heavily discussed.

The presentation of Joakim Landholm, CEO of Hector Rail, highlighted concerns related to the dominance of incumbents, in terms of distorting prices and limiting the customer-orientation as well as the lack of crucial and complete data in the sector. Geert Pauwels, CEO of Lineas stressed the failure of rail to make any significant gains from modal shift until now and the importance of a shift towards rail freight as crucial and urgent for sustainable logistics in Europe.

During the day the key role of national governments and infrastructure managers in supporting rail’s competitiveness  was underlined. The German Master Plan should be developed as best practice in other European countries with a focus on international services.

The European Commission was also present at the meeting to outline on how they could support the reduction of the access charges in the rail sector and to present the Eurovignette directive as an instrument to level the playing field between rail and road. 



Adoption of the new European Union rule to improve rail infrastructure works

The European Rail Freight Association strongly welcomes the adoption of new EU rules to improve the coordination of infrastructure works.

It 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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