PSO & Open Access
Brussels,

Two More New Cross-Border Night Trains that will “Connect Europe” and lead to higher demand for rail

Yesterday it was announced that there will be two more new EU cross-border Open Access night trains 1. One of them will even link four capital cities during the same night: Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin & Prague. They will both provide night train services that do not yet exist.

YouTube Video: EU Year of Rail 2021 - The Future of Passenger Rail

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Brussels,

EU Year of Rail Kick-off in Lisbon with new long distance Open Access rail in Portugal & Europe

LISBON, March 29th 2021: today is the Kick-off event for the EU Year of Rail 2021.

In order to celebrate this, ALLRAIL is pleased to highlight the growing number of privately owned passenger rail operators investing in NEW long distance Open Access services. These will lead to modal shift in Europe. For example:

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Brussels,

Is Europe Facing the Re-Monopolisation of Passenger Rail?

At the end of last week, the EU Commission’s Transport Directorate published its Rail Market Monitoring Report (RMMS) Number 7.

For passenger rail, the results are a climate disaster: just 7.8 % market share of all land-based passenger traffic. Meanwhile, the market share of truly independent, privately owned operators is only about 7 %.

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Brussels & The Hague,

NETHERLANDS: Civil Court confirms doubts on legitimacy of proposed direct award to NS

The Dutch Civil Court of The Hague published a preliminary ruling this week, expressing doubts about the legitimacy of the proposed new direct award of the Dutch “Hoofdrailnet” (Main Rail Network) Public Service Contract – representing 95% of the total market – to the state rail incumbent Nederlandse Spoorwegen (‘NS’).

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Brussels,

ALLRAIL welcomes EU Commission announcement in the case of alleged predatory pricing against rail newcomers

Executive Vice-President of the EU Commission Mrs. Margrethe Vestager announced today that she is sending out a Statement of Objections against the Czech state-owned rail incumbent Czech Railways (České dráhy) for alleged predatory pricing.

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