Trans-European transport network EU Commission proposal: a wonderful opportunity to make ERTMS deployment priority number one
With the introduction of the Commission's trans-European transport network proposal (TEN-T), AERRL and ALLRAIL would like to emphasise the need for making the ERTMS the priority number one for the future of rail. This would require obligations on the part of the players, in order to ensure deployment based on transparent and synchronised planning as well as ambitious subsidy programmes coming from the Commission.
How to optimize TCR processes to strengthen rail transport in Europe
Railway Undertakings rely on high quality rail paths to be competitive in the European transport sector. Temporary Capacity Restrictions are massively influencing rail transport day by day. On the one hand, construction work is urgently needed to make the rail network in Europe more attractive and, on the other hand, current operations must not suffer as a result. In this area of conflict, it is necessary to optimize existing processes for IMs to be able to offer the needed capacity reliably and make rail transport more competitive.
Railway undertakings’ position on International Body for Compliance: Giving relevance to cross border rail capacity management
Customers want rail travel in Europe to be as easy as using a truck or a bus, which subsequently pushes railway undertakings (RUs) to seek fluid capacity allocation for international traffics. A major challenge to that is the existing national orientation of capacity management. To make the Single European Railway Area a success, enhanced cooperation between partners is needed. To support international alignment, defend the RUs market needs and provide neutrality for conflicts, RUs in FTE, ERFA and ALLRAIL require:
- improved international alignment by IMs as already legally required for a decade in 2012/34/EU and
- an IM- and RU-independent international escalation mechanism.
Railway undertakings’ position on commercial conditions: Keeping customer promises
Railway Undertakings (RUs) – organised by FTE, ERFA and ALLRAIL – believe that customer-oriented capacity management is key to rails success. This requires motivation support, stimulating market oriented, capacity friendly behaviour at the involved actors.
Using a digital platform as the single European Database for the ERTMS deployment on the European Core Network Corridors: the missing link to accelerating its deployment and growth
The rail rolling stock keepers are very interested in the modernisation of existing as well as new rolling stock. As a means of support to private investments in rail rolling stock, AERRL and ALLRAIL call for the creation of a data tool at a European level which will encourage funders to make investments that consider the current situation and the planning of future ERTMS deployment. This tool is the critical link to an accelerated deployment, which is a key condition to achieving the EU-wide standards for the railways. This will ensure sustainable growth in the coming years through safe, efficient, high-quality transport services. The database will coordinate the decisions that infrastructure managers and rolling stock owners make. Its development should be a priority for European Core Network Corridors.