ERFA fully supports a competitive and innovative single European railway market offering attractive, fair and transparent market conditions for all railway companies.
ERFA subscribes to the EU’s White Paper goal of achieving sustainable transport, moving more freight and passengers off the roads and onto rail. We work to ensure that rail stays a priority for the European sustainable transport agenda and that the right EU regulatory approach is taken to foster growth in rail.
The 4th Railway Package is one of the key political priorities for the members of ERFA, but not the only one. In fact, new entrants are committed to make rail freight corridors and TEN-T networks a success by seizing the opportunities they create and by feeding back experience and ideas for improvement to all.
Likewise, ERFA is supporting ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System) to make rail transport safer and more competitive by deploying ERTMS-fitted rolling stock wherever it is sustainable.
Last, but not least, ERFA has a strong interest in minimizing climate change and its members contribute to the reduction of environmental effects by delivering highly attractive customer services, thereby creating a strong pull effect of its customers to opt for rail transportation.
Why does EU transport need more investments in the future? The transport associations from across the different modes, including ERFA, have joined forces to explain!
At the first annual IRG Rail Forum ERFA gave an overview of the Rail
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.