Compared to other modes of transport, particularly road and aviation, rail is lagging behind in customer-orientated developments. This trend needs to be reversed.
Today, the barriers and discriminatory practices faced by all new entrants (public and private) across Europe prevent much-needed dynamism, innovation and creativity in the rail sector.
The barriers also undermine the wider interest of boosting growth and jobs across Europe.
ERFA’s objective is to bring about reliable and attractive market conditions and reforms for all new entrants via EU legislation whilst preventing EU legislation creating disadvantages for the rail sector.
ERFA will achieve this by creating a close and constructive relationship with all relevant EU institutions and other stakeholders whilst raising the awareness of the particular challenges of new entrants in the current railway market.
We contribute to the technical and administrative development of railways.
ERFA’s objective is to ensure suitable and affordable technical conditions whilst preventing EU legislation which may lead to discrimination of new entrants.
ERFA will achieve this by actively contributing to relevant initiatives of the European Commission and of ERA via its status as a recognised body of ERA (including its seat in the Board), whilst raising the awareness of the particular challenges and burdens of new entrants in the current railway market.
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.