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.
The EU is proposing new rules to create a more customer-orientated rail network, taking important steps forward to improve the reliability and quality of rail services.
The changes aim at minimising disruptions to rail services when infrastructure works are being carried out and at creating a more dynamic and flexible timetable process for reserving capacity.
As Locomore declares financial insolvency, ALLRAIL highlights the crippling cost challenges and entry barriers for rail, limiting the growth of eco-friendly rail transport.