PSO & Open Access
Brussels,

Railway Gazette: Call for booking platforms to be given access to train operators’ data

EUROPE: The ALLRAIL association of independent passenger train operators and retailers has called on EU member states to ensure that market-dominant incumbent operators share their data with third party journey planning and ticket selling platforms.

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Brussels & Prague,

CZECH REPUBLIC: commercially driven open access rail connections excluded from COVID-19 aid

The Czech Ministry of Transport recently announced a selective aid program for rail operators to cover losses caused by COVID-19. However, the scope of the aid is not fair & equal within the sector; it explicitly excludes the commercially viable 'open access' passenger rail connections

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Brussels & Prague,

Česká republika: Komerční železniční doprava vyloučena z podpory proti dopadům COVID-19

Ministerstvo dopravy České republiky oznámilo selektivní program na podporu železničních dopravců na vyrovnání ztrát způsobených opatřeními proti šíření COVID-19 ve výši 400 mil. Kč – podpora má být směřována pouze pro dotované spoje a vylučuje tedy podporu pro komerční spoje.

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Brussels,

ALLRAIL Pressekonferenz: Wir können den EU Green Deal vergessen, wenn nicht allen europäischen Bahnunternehmen in gleicher Weise geholfen wird

Der Personenverkehr auf der Schiene hatte im Zusammenhang mit der COVID-19 Krise mit einem dramatischen Nachfragerückgang zu kämpfen. Obwohl unser Verband ALLRAIL die meisten nationalen Hilfsmaßnahmen als schwach, uneinheitlich und unzuverlässig ansieht, gab es zumindest finanzielle Unterstützung für einzelne Unternehmen.

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Politico,

POLITICO: Why Europe’s rail renaissance risks running out of steam

Next summer, Czech operator RegioJet intends to expand its five-country night train running from Prague to the Croatian coast, while Flixtrain has mulled offering its own sleepers in France.The Swedish government has pledged to fund a night train to Brussels from 2022, but in parallel Snälltåget, a private company, is promising to increase its own service next year on the Stockholm to Berlin route. Snälltåget’s manager Carl Adam Holmberg says policymakers can do more to help out the industry by reducing track access charges — the fixed per kilometer fee for using the track — rather than just looking to subsidize routes by big state players.

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