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Brussels,

Getting The Grain Out Of Ukraine

Ukraine is known as the “breadbasket of Europe” and is one of the top grain exporters, crucial to providing nourishment & preventing famine in many other parts of the world. Due to the unprovoked invasion by Russia, there are currently 20 million tonnes of grain languishing in Ukrainian storage facilities. It needs to urgently get out to the world market, in order to increase the supply that will then lead to price reductions.

The railway/railroad must now take on an essential role in bringing Ukrainian agricultural goods via neighbouring EU countries to Europe and the rest of the world.
This is why the Support Ukraine Rail Task Force urges all rail market players both in Europe & around the world to participate in the EU Commission’s new “Solidarity Lanes” initiative with measures to facilitate the export of Ukrainian agricultural products.

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Brussels,

Spendenaufruf: Unterstützen Sie die Eisenbahnhelden in dieser Krise


Die Eisenbahn ist in dieser Krise die Lebensader für Flüchtlinge, Medikamente und andere humanitäre Hilfe. Bereits mehr als 100 EisenbahnerInnen sind bei ihrem Einsatz für die Aufrechterhaltung des Bahnbetriebs gestorben. Darüber hinaus wurde in der vergangenen Woche berichtet, dass Russland seine Angriffe auf die Eisenbahn verstärkt und damit die Anbindung der Ukraine an die Außenwelt ins Visier nimmt – ein weiteres Beispiel dafür, wie gefährdet der Eisenbahnsektor ist!

Deshalb bieten wir Ihnen jetzt die Möglichkeit, die Eisenbahnhelden in dieser Krise direkt zu unterstützen.
Dabei arbeiten wir zusammen mit der globalen Wohltätigkeitsorganisation United Way (unitedway.org), ihrem deutschen Zweig PHINEO (phineo.org) und dessen Ukraine-Programm WE-AID (we-aid.org).

Weitere Informationen zu den Spendenmöglichkeiten finden Sie in der Pressemitteilung, indem Sie auf den folgenden Link klicken.

Dieser Spendenaufruf wurde von der Multinational Support Ukraine Rail Task Force veröffentlicht, einer Partnerschaft von führenden Vertretern der weltweiten Eisenbahnindustrie unter dem Vorsitz von Jolene Molitoris, der ehemaligen Generaldirektorin der US-Eisenbahnbehörde Federal Rail Administration.

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Washington, D.C. & Brussels,

(United States) Call for donations: support Ukraine’s Rail Heroes in this crisis

The Ukraine Railroad is the lifeline for refugees, medicine, food and other humanitarian aid. Already more than 100 rail workers have died keeping the railroad running. Earlier this week, Russia bombed five railroad stations in central and western Ukraine, killing people and causing disruption - another example of how vulnerable this life-saving rail service is!

This is why we are now offering the chance to directly support all of the railway heroes! We are working together with the global charitable organisation United Way (unitedway.org), its German branch PHINEO (phineo.org/en) and its Ukraine program WE-AID to provide targeted help to the Ukrainian Railroad.

Further information on how to donate can be found in the press release by clicking on the link below.

This call for donations has been issued by the Multinational Support Ukraine Rail Task Force, a partnership of leaders from the worldwide rail industry chaired by Jolene Molitoris, former US Federal Railroad Administrator.

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Brussels,

(Europe) Call for donations: Help the Ukrainian railway heroes in this crisis

The Ukrainian rail system is the lifeline for refugees, medicine, food and other humanitarian aid. Already more than 80 rail workers have died keeping the railroad running. After all, only today it was reported how Russia is intensifying its attacks on railways, taking aim at Ukraine's connection to the outside world.

We are now offering you the chance to directly support all of the Ukrainian railroad heroes! We are working together with the global charitable organisation United Way, its German branch PHINEO and its Ukraine program WE-AID to provide targeted help to the Ukrainian rail sector.

Further information on how to donate can be found in the press release by clicking on the link below.

This call for donations has been issued by the Multinational Support Ukraine Rail Task Force, a partnership of leaders from the worldwide rail industry chaired by Jolene Molitoris, former US Federal Railroad Administrator.

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Brussels,

German Federal Cartel Office comes to the preliminary conclusion that certain practices and contractual clauses of state owned rail incumbent Deutsche Bahn (DB) constitute an abuse of market power – this is extremely relevant for the rest of Europe

The German Federal Cartel Office today issued a press release calling for fair competition in digital mobility services - and how it has issued a warning to incumbent DB for possible obstruction of mobility platforms.

It has "come to the preliminary conclusion that certain practices and contractual clauses of DB vis-à-vis mobility platforms constitute an abuse of market power".
Mobility platforms offer innovative digital solutions for integrated route planning and ticket purchase, to help end the fragmentation of EU passenger rail.

Today's conclusion proves to ALLRAIL that, in addition to limiting modal shift to rail, such anti-competitive behaviour by dominant gatekeepers also undermines multi-modal solutions that have the potential to considerably reduce private car use.

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Brussels,

European Rail Infrastructure Managers (EIM) joins multinational Support Ukraine Rail Task Force as an observer

This week, the European Rail Infrastructure Managers (EIM), has joined the newly set multinational "Support Ukraine Rail Task Force" as an observer. EIM is a non-profit association, representing the interests of European rail infrastructure managers in Europe, in particular vis-à-vis the EU institutions.

Two weeks ago, leading rail sector officials in Europe and the USA announced the formation of a Multinational “Support Ukraine Rail Task Force”, in partnership
with Ukrainian Railways "Ukrzaliznytsia" (UZ), the Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure and the Ukrainian Cabinet. The aim is to coordinate technical, mechanical, and policy support for Ukrainian citizens and the rail sector.

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Washington, D.C. and Brussels,

The Multinational Support Ukraine rail task force is launched

Jolene Molitoris, former United States Federal Railroad Administrator, together with Nick Brooks, Secretary General of ALLRAIL, Ray Chambers, President of the American Association for Innovative Passenger Rail Operations (AIPRO) and Robert VanderClute, former Senior Vice President of the Association of American Railroads (AAR) & former Vice Chair of UIC, have announced the formation of the International Support Ukraine Rail Task Force.

The mission is to respond fully to the appeal of the Ukrainian national rail operator Ukrzaliznytsia (UZ) urging the global rail sector to do everything in its power to support the Ukrainian rail sector after the unjustified Russian invasion and to completely isolate the Russian Railways (RZD) and Belarusian Railways from international commerce.

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Brussels,

Russian invasion of Ukraine: humanitarian night train land bridge has started

The past week has shown European solidarity in action: passenger rail operators of all types are offering free transport to Ukrainians fleeing the terrible events in Ukraine.

Furthermore: one of the members of our association, the privately owned passenger rail operator RegioJet, has partnered with Ukrainian Railways, Člověk v tísni, ČD Cargo & Rail Cargo Group to provide a daily humanitarian night train land bridge between Prague and Kiev. The first service took place during the night of 1st March.

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Brussels,

Russian invasion of Ukraine: why has the rail sector been less decisive than the airline sector?

There has been a contrast between the firm and decisive measures to strengthen trade restrictions against Russia in the airline sector compared to the rail sector. This is a surprise, considering the major role that the Russian rail operator RZD played in moving Putin’s military to Ukraine’s border over the recent months.

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Brussels,

Railway sector comes together to mark official closure of European Year of Rail

Today, the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER), together with the Alliance of Passenger Rail New Entrants in Europe (ALLRAIL), the European Association for Forwarding, Transport, Logistics and Customs Services (CLECAT), the European Passengers’ Federation (EPF), Erasmus by Train e.V. (EbT) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF), came together to formally close the European Year of Rail, on the occasion of the European Railway Summit organised within the framework of the French Presidency of the EU Council.

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Brussels,

The Go-Ahead Group is joining ALLRAIL

It is a great pleasure to announce that one of the world’s leading privately owned public transport companies, The Go-Ahead Group, is joining ALLRAIL.

Go-Ahead operates public transport services in a range of different countries from Singapore to the Republic of Ireland. It literally seeks to “go ahead” and provide a top-notch experience for passengers, so that people leave their cars behind.

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Brussels,

سنة جديدة 2022 وفرصة عالمية جديدة لركاب القطارات

مع دخولنا للعام 2022، ليس فقط في أوروبا حيث نرى مزايا افتتاح سوق ركاب القطارات. أماكن اخرى في العالم تشهد المثيل. أينما وجهنا الإنظار، الاستثمار الخاص ينمي اجمالي قطاع السكك الحديدية، مما يؤدي الى انخفاض انبعاثات ثنائي أكسيد الكربون الضارة. الافتتاح السريع لسوق السكك الحديدية هو الحل الامثل لجعل التنقل وسيلة أنظف. لننظر الى اسبانيا: ابتدأ مشغلين بين مدريد وبرشلونة بالتنافس فيما بينهما بشهر مايو 2021، ومع حلول اغسطس فاق عدد مستخدمي هذا الخط ب 17% مقارنة ب اغسطس 2019 - سنة قبل جائحة الكوفيد

نحو البيان الصحفي
Brussels,

Europe must not return to night train services funded by unnecessary Public Service Obligations (PSOs)

On 15 December 2021, the well-known magazine Time Out revealed “the 22 best new things to do in the world in 2022”. Coming in at Number 17 is a new international night train service between Prague and Brussels that will be commercially viable, with an innovative concept that will attract new passengers to rail.

Why then are many state-owned rail incumbents lobbying for taxpayer subsidised Public Service Obligations (‘PSOs’) for international night trains instead – a repeat of the model that already failed around 10-15 years ago. Are memories really so short?

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Brussels,

New year 2022 and new global opportunity for passenger rail

As we enter 2022, it is not just in Europe where we see the benefits of market opening in passenger rail. Other parts of the world are seeing the same. Wherever we look, private investment is growing the total rail sector and, by doing so, reducing harmful CO2 emissions.

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Brussels,

EU Commission’s new Action Plan shows urgent change is necessary – but by 2024 and not 2030

Yesterday (14 December), the EU Commission (EC) published a new Action Plan to grow long-distance & cross-border passenger rail in Europe, which aims to increase the very low modal share of rail passenger traffic.

The main barriers have been identified, and it is clear that the EC understands that urgent change is necessary. For example: in ticketing, where cross-border rail journeys should become easier to book and entail less risk for passengers, and we should not need to wait until 2030 in order for this to happen.

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Brussels,

Driving a train through Europe must finally become as easy as driving a bus

“Rail Freight Forward” (RFF) is a coalition of European rail freight companies with the commendable goal of shifting 30% of all goods transported in Europe to rail by 2030. What does RFF want? Simple Answer: “Driving a Train Through Europe Must Finally Become as Easy as Driving a Truck”.

This can easily be converted to passenger rail too: Driving a Train Through Europe Must Finally Become as Easy as Driving a Bus. Passenger operators should be able cross internal EU borders on their own & not need to co-operate with others.

Therefore: it a blatant double standard that many of the state-owned rail incumbents who support Rail Freight Forward - and compete with each other in cross-border rail freight - do exactly the opposite in passenger rail, co-operating with each other instead. 

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Brussels,

Sweden, Denmark and Belgium want to return to the bad old days of failed International PSO night trains

It has been revealed that the Transport Ministers of Sweden, Denmark and Belgium have written to EU Transport Commissioner Vălean, asking her to force Germany to instate taxpayer subsidised Public Service Obligations (PSOs) for international night train services on its territory.

Probably, they would then directly award this PSO to a collaboration of their state-owned incumbents.

But this international incumbent PSO model for night trains failed in the past – and it will fail again.

Instead, Europe needs to encourage commercially driven night train services that will grow the market while reducing the dependency on the taxpayer.

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Brussels,

New articles by Investigate Europe reveal growth of cross-border rail is hampered by protectionism

In a major new set of articles, independent reports from Investigate Europe have revealed that the growth of European cross-border passenger rail is still severely hampered by many national governments protecting their state-owned railway companies.

In the 6-7 countries where it has been allowed to happen so far, market liberalisation has really boosted modal shift to rail.

Yet in most of Europe we still see governments deliberately delaying rail liberalisation until the 2030s and sabotaging the goals of the EU Green Deal.

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Brussels & Berlin,

Joint press release: Rail infrastructure focused on the public interest is necessary for modal shift to rail in Germany

The vertical integration of rail infrastructure managers and market dominant rail operators does not work, as we have seen in many examples in recent years, such as in France, which has some of the highest track access fees in Europe.

Instead, it is unbundling that drives innovation, quality, efficiency and jobs. With coalition negotiations taking place in Germany right now, it is crucial to have a rail infrastructure there that is focused on the public interest - and not the interests of operators within the same holding company. A new 2nd Rail Reform in Germany is urgently necessary.

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Brussels,

New CNN article shows how competition in passenger rail has severely reduced air travel

In a major new article, the global news channel CNN shows how competition in long distance passenger rail in Italy has led to a huge growth in passengers and reduced the domestic flight market.

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Brussels,

ALLRAIL online press conference (23rd September) – Passenger rail facing the second wave of COVID-19

Fair competition in the rail sector is crucial to securing EU climate change goals and sustainable recovery

Panelists: Erich Forster, President ALLRAIL & CEO WESTbahn

Christian Schreyer, Vice-President ALLRAIL & Transdev CEO for North & Central Europe

Nick Brooks, Secretary General ALLRAIL

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Brussels,

Podcast: ALLRAIL members on The Comeback of Night Trains in Europe

• Aleš Ondrůj, Senior Director Communications, RegioJet
• Carl Adam Holmberg, Head of Snälltåget
• Nick Brooks, Secretary General ALLRAIL
• Barbora Mičková, Policy Officer ALLRAIL
-> Recorded 17th June 2020

Links:
YouTube
Podcast (Spotify)

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Brussels,

Podcast: Passenger rail after COVID-19: Update from the Member States, YouTube & Podcast discussion

After COVID-19 webinar in April 2020 ALLRAIL issued a discussion on YouTube and Podcast channels.

First episode on the impact of COVID-19 on our members:
YouTube - Key points (10min.)
YouTube Full version (50min.)
Podcast (Spotify)
Podcast (Apple)
Podcast (Google)

ALLRAIL: PASSENGER RAIL AFTER COVID-19: Update from the Member States
Brussels,

ALLRAIL presentation on international passenger rail transport: How to stimulate international passenger rail?

Arthur Kamminga presented ALLRAIL vision on the topic of "How to stimulate international passenger rail?" at the Hearing on European support for international passenger rail transport at the Commission for Mobility of the Belgian House of Representatives, taking place on 17th December 2019 at the Chamber of Representatives of Belgium. 

 

 

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Reuters,

Russian attacks on rail system fail to paralyse ‘lifeline of Ukraine’

This article by the leading global news agency Reuters reports how a group of current and former European and US railway executives formed the International Support Ukraine Rail Task Force in March 2022, in order to raise money for protective gear, first aid kits and financial aid for the Ukrainian rail sector and refugee trains. Our association ALLRAIL is an integral part of this Task Force.

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Railway Gazette,

DB warned over market abuse in digital mobility platforms

The German Federal Monopolies Commission has reached a preliminary conclusion that Deutsche Bahn has committed ‘an abuse of market power’ in relation to digital mobility platforms designed to offer passengers integrated route planning and ticket purchasing. Announcing this on April 20, the Commission said that it had issued DB with a warning for possible obstruction of mobility platforms.

ALLRAIL, the alliance of new entrants in the European rail market, said that the Commission’s preliminary conclusion proved that ‘in addition to limiting modal shift to rail, such anti-competitive behaviour by dominant gatekeepers also undermines multi-modal solutions that have the potential toconsiderably reduce private car use.’

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Progressive Railroading,

Rail task force meets Ukraine rail execs, pledges support

Former Federal Railroad Administrator Jolene Molitoris, ALLRAIL Secretary General Nick Brooks and other International Support Ukraine Rail Task Force members this week held their first virtual meeting with Ukraine rail sector officials to learn how the U.S. and EU rail industry can help Ukrainians keep their country’s trains running even as the Russian military targets the railroad’s infrastructure and kills its employees.  

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Ukrzaliznytsia,

Leading rail sector officials in Europe and the USA have today announced the formation of the Multinational “Support Ukraine Rail Task Force” in order to coordinate technical, mechanical, and policy support for Ukrainian freight and passenger rail companies

“Ukrainian Railways express its sincere gratitude to the leaders of the railway industry for their comprehensive support and efforts aimed at stabilizing and developing Ukrainian railway transport. Our company has always been and will be a powerful player in the railway market and by joint efforts of Ukraine, the EU and the US we will bring the industry to a qualitatively new level despite all the difficulties", – said Oleksandr Kamyshin, Chairman of the Board of Ukrainian Railways.

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Ukrzaliznytsia,

Посадовці та фахівці залізничного сектору США та Європи оголосили про створення багатонаціональної «Цільової групи з підтримки залізниць України»

Посадовці та провідні фахівці залізничного сектору Сполучених Штатів Америки та Європи оголосили про створення багатонаціональної «Цільової групи з підтримки залізниць України»яка опікуватиметься технічною та політичною підтримкою українських вантажних та пасажирських залізничних компаній.

«Укрзалізниця висловлює щиру подяку світовим лідерам залізничної галузі за всебічну підтримку та зусилля, спрямовані на стабілізацію та розвиток українського залізничного транспорту. Наша компанія завжди була і буде потужним гравцем на ринку залізничних перевезень, і спільними зусиллями України, ЄС та США ми виведемо залізничну галузь на якісно новий рівень попри всі негаразди», – наголосив голова правління АТ «Укрзалізниця» Олександр Камишін.

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Progressive Railroading,

Global task force to support Ukrainian rail industry

Jolene Molitoris, former United States Federal Railroad Administrator, together with Nick Brooks, Secretary General of ALLRAIL, and Ray Chambers, President of the American Association for Innovative Passenger Rail Operations (AIPRO) have announced the formation of the International Support Ukraine Rail Task Force aimed at generating support for Ukraine and its rail sector in response to Russia's unprovoked attack on the country.

 

 

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Mass Transit,

U.S. rail stakeholders partner with ALLRAIL to form International Support Ukraine Rail Task Force

A group of five freight and passenger rail stakeholders are partnering with the Alliance of Passenger Rail New Entrants in Europe (ALLRAIL) to launch an international task force focused on providing “a forum for government organizations and passenger and freight rail associations to discuss Russia’s aggressive invasion of Ukraine and the most effective ways to support the Ukrainian rail sector.”

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Rail Business Daily,

Rail officials in USA and Europe set up task force to help Ukraine

Rail sector officials from Europe and the USA have banded together to help coordinate technical, mechanical, and policy support for Ukrainian freight and passenger companies.

The multinational “Support Ukraine Rail Task Force” sees Jolene Molitoris, former administrator of the US Federal Railroad Administration, joined by Nick Brooks, secretary general of the Alliance of Rail New Entrants in Europe (ALLRAIL); Ray Chambers, president of the American Association for Innovative Passenger Rail Operations (AIPRO) and Robert VanderClute, former Senior Vice President of the Association of American Railroads (AAR) and former Vice Chair of UIC.

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IRJ,

Euro-American task force to help Ukrainian railways

Rail industry officials in Europe and the United States have formed the multinational Support Ukraine Rail Task Force to coordinate technical, mechanical and policy support for Ukrainian rail freight and passenger companies.

The task force says there needs to be more trains collecting refugees from the Ukrainian border and the other hubs including Warsaw, Prague, Vienna and Frankfurt (Oder). An early objective will be to provide a forum for governmental organisations and passenger and rail freight associations to discuss the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the most effective ways to support the Ukrainian rail sector.

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VRT,

Un pont ferroviaire pour les réfugiés ukrainiens

Seule issue pour fuir la guerre après la suspension des vols des compagnies aériennes : la voie terrestre. Rapidement, des opérateurs ferroviaires ont mis en place une sorte de pont ferroviaire pour aider les populations à fuir les zones de conflit. Il s’agit notamment d’un train de nuit quotidien reliant Prague en République tchèque et Przemysl, à la frontière entre la Pologne et l’Ukraine, puis assurant le retour, toujours de nuit, acheminé par l’opérateur ferroviaire tchèque RegioJet.

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Midnight Trains,

War in Ukraine: exile on the railways

With the war in Ukraine having raged on for just over a week now, this edition of Midnight Weekly is shining a light on the pivotal role a number of train operators have played since the start of the conflict on February 24. European rail firms have mobilised to help evacuate civilians and victims of the war, carrying them off to lands untouched by the ravages of bombs and bullets.

To tell you all about it, we decided to hand over the mic to Nick Brooks, the secretary-general of ALLRAIL, the Alliance of Passenger Rail New Entrants, which has been looking at what those companies have achieved over the past week or so.

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Mass Transit Mag,

Intercity and intercountry transport networks are moving the masses fleeing war in Ukraine

Public and private rail carriers, airlines and intercity bus providers are opening their modes of travel to Ukrainian citizens leaving the country while bringing humanitarian aid into Ukraine.

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RailTech,

Criticism of new concession to NMBS/SNCB by Belgian government

ALLRAIL, the alliance of newcomers to passenger rail transport in Europe, has strongly criticised plans by the Belgian government to once again award a public service contract to NMBS/SNCB for ten years. This would leave the railway monopoly with NMBS/SNCB until 2033 and, according to ALLRAIL, would block innovations in the railway sector.

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Nieuwsite Duurzaam Mobiel,

Verzet tegen onderhands gegunde openbare dienstverplichtingen voor nachttreinen

Op 13 november (2021) stuurden de Belgische, Deense en Zweedse ministers van vervoer en mobiliteit een brief naar Adina-Ioana Valean, EU-commissaris voor vervoer. Daarin verzoeken ze om ‘passende maatregelen’ te nemen die het inleggen van nachttreinen beter haalbaar maken. Dat maakte de gezaghebbende Deense krant ‘Politiken’ bekend. Aanleiding voor deze brief is dat deze zomer (2021) de gewenste en geplande nachttrein tussen Malmo en Brussel werd geschrapt “omdat geen enkele exploitant een bod heeft uitgebracht op het traject”. Voor Benny Engelbrecht, de Deense minister van vervoer, staat de EU voor een gemeenschappelijke uitdaging om een goed kader voor nachttreinen te creëren. Knelpunt is de Duitse wetgeving die niet toelaat dat treinreizen van meer dan 50 km worden gesubsidieerd. Deze brief schoot echter in het verkeerde keelgat van ALLRAIL, belangenvereniging van onafhankelijke exploitanten van passagierstreinen en verkopers van vervoersbewijzen, die op haar beurt de EU-commissie aanschreef.

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Rynek-Kolejowy,

ALLRAIL: zakup push-pulli przez PKP Intercity zaszkodzi rynkowi

ALLRAIL– reprezentant prywatnych operatorów kolejowych w Europie, zwraca uwagę na negatywne aspekty zakupu przez PKP Intercity nowych piętrowych zestawów push-pull. –Tam, gdzie mają się pojawić, z powodzeniem mogliby operować przewoźnicy prywatni lub działa już przewoźnik samorządowy – pisze w liście do redakcji AllRail.
 
– Potwierdza się czarny scenariusz, przed którym w czerwcu przestrzegał ALLRAIL – środki z funduszu COVID-19 Recovery & Resilience zostaną wykorzystane do zamykania i zaburzania rynku kolejowego w Polsce – pisze na początku maila ALLRAIL.
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VRT,

VRT: Eurostar. Ce que les concurrents reprochent à la SNCF

Les opérateurs ferroviaires européens réunis au sein de l’association ALLRAIL réagissent à la demande d’un soutien public formulée par la SNCF pour sa filiale Eurostar en très mauvaise posture avec la chute du trafic liée à la pandémie. Le secrétaire général de ALLRAIL, Nick Brooks, explique à VRT la position de son association qui réclame notamment la possibilité d’accéder aux rames TGV d’occasion de la SNCF si Eurostar obtient une aide publique.

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Le Figaro,

Le Figaro: Des opérateurs alternatifs réclament l’accès aux rames TGV d’occasion de la SNCF

«Allrail est favorable aux aides d'État pour aider Eurostar, mais il doit y avoir des mesures correctives strictes en matière de concurrence. Par exemple, la SNCF doit donner aux opérateurs indépendants un accès égal à ses rames TGV et Eurostar d'occasion, -comme celles qu'elle fournit à sa filiale Ouigo- à des conditions commerciales équitables, raisonnables et non discriminatoires», a déclaré le groupement dans un communiqué. «La SNCF ne doit pas recevoir des aides d'État sans aucune condition à un endroit et se développer sans contrôle ailleurs», ont ajouté les opérateurs alternatifs.

 

 

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Rail Insider,

Rail Insider: Eurostar emergency funding – French and/or British?

... This raises the question of state-owned companies using state money to finance operations in other countries. Requesting aid from the British and French governments has freed up the cash for SNCF to compete with Spanish state-owned operator Renfe in its own country. If the UK and French treasuries don’t play ball, will SNCF let Eurostar go bust while it spend the much-needed funds in launching Ouigo España?

 

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Tangent magazine,

Tangent magazine: Eurostar Bailout: calls for market opening remedies which support on-rail competition

Taxpayer subsidiaries are expected to top over £10bn by the end of 2021. Nick Brooks, secretary general of Alliance of Passenger Rail New Entrants in Europe (ALLRAIL), explained: “We believe that in this crisis all operators, at least in the same country, should be treated the same fair and equal way.”

 

 

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Railway Gazette,

Railway Gazette: Call for Eurostar trains to be made available to support on-rail competition

The ALLRAIL association of new entrants to the rail market has said any government support which might be offered to Eurostar during the coronavirus pandemic should be accompanied by conditions designed to facilitate cross-Channel competition.

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