The International Passenger Subgroup aims at finding solution to improve the quality and reduce the cost of cross-border operations. It identifies common problems/ challenges faced by international passenger operations. Many synergies exist between Passenger operators and Freight operators.
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.