The past 12 months have proven to be extremely challenging for the rail freight sector. Rail freight has been exposed to unprecedented increases in energy costs and been confronted with a difficult situation due to ongoing infrastructure works throughout the European network. Some successes have been achieved, but more has to be done to put rail freight on the right path to achieve the modal shift objectives set out in the European Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy.
1/12/2022 - Press Release - Ambition of European Commission on TEN-T must be maintained by EU Council
On 01 December, ERFA, along with other European railway associations, issued a joint statement on the need for the EU Council to adopt an agreement on a joint approach regarding the TEN-T Regulation which is in line with the ambitions laid out by the European Commission?s proposal. For rail freight to be able to achieve the targets agreed upon in the European Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy, it is important that infrastructure is developed in a timely manner and which will facilitate increased rail freight volumes.
For rail freight to be able to meet the objectives set out in the European Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy, it is essential that railway capacity management moves towards a system that is European, digital, flexible and secure. Rail freight undertakings must be able to book capacity which is in line with their business models and allows for flexibility to meet customer needs. Along with FTE (Forum Train Europe) and ALLRAIL, ERFA has agreed a common vision on how this can be achieved.
20/10/2022 - Joint Statement - Short-term Measures Needed to Protect European Supply Chains from Unsustainable Energy Price Increases
The functioning of European supply chains is being put at risk by increasing energy prices. There is a significant risk of a collapse of supply chains which rely heavily on rail freight for transportation due to unsustainable energy and transportation costs. The informal meeting of the Council of European Transport Ministers of 20-21 October should agree that Regulation (EU) 2022/1854 on an emergency intervention to address high energy prices will be applied to traction electricity used by freight trains.