Press Release: Rail freight in the spotlight 11/07/16

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Rail freight in the spotlight

A series of important communications were published lately, which drive the attention of not only policymakers, but also the public at large towards the challenges and problems of European rail freight:

  • 20 May: Sector Statement on Rail Freight Corridors / Boosting International Rail Freight1
  • 24 May: European Court of Auditors' Special Report No8/2016 on "Rail freight transport in the EU"2
  • 27 May: European Commission Public Consultation on a European rail network for competitive freight3
  • 13 June: Association of American Railroads (AAR) Report on Freight Railroads impacting national and local economies4
  • 21 June: Ministerial Declaration on Rail Freight Corridors to boost international rail freight1

Operational, regulatory, investment and legislative changes would be needed to enable European rail freight to deliver on the expectations of society: this has been demonstrated in the various communications released recently by important stakeholders of the issue.

  • The sector should organise itself more efficiently, simplify operational procedures, transparently publish traffic management rules and create transparency toward their implementation, as well as allocate better quality and higher quantity of train paths to freight trains - as permitted and supported by their public sector owners, the Member States.
  • Rail regulators should simplify and harmonise (national) rules, while enforce existing law within the Member States.
  • Infrastructure investments should adhere more closely to the needs of rail freight and a framework to enable genuine private capital inflow to the funding of investments into the rail infrastructure should also be created.
  • Legislators should create a level playing field between the various competing modes of transport with regards to both the accessing of infrastructure and the internalisation of external costs.

UIRR, whose CT Operator members realised over 84% of their performance in 2015 along cross-border relations, is especially interested in and committed to contribute to the success of European rail freight, which is attested to by the position paper titled The Issues of Rail Freight - released today:






Related documents
Press release: Press Release: Rail freight in the spotlight EN
Position Paper: Issues of Rail Freight EN