European railfreight is an industry undergoing rapid structural change as liberalisation opens the market to new players and larger operators expand their international activities. Keith Barrow looks at a new report from the Centre on Regulation in Europe, which considers how regulators might respond to changes in the railfreight business.
THE leaders of some of Europe's top freight and logistics, and passenger associations have urged members of the European Union (EU) Transport Council to adopt the political pillar of the Fourth Railway Package (FRP).
While politicians continue to debate the Fourth Railway Package's proposals to streamline rolling stock certification in the EU, a research project intended to improve the efficiency of the actual testing and certification process concluded recently.
MINISTERS that make up Europe's Transport Council today adopted a favourable position on the legal framework for the regulation establishing the Shift²Rail Joint Undertaking, while the council has also completed its work on the technical pillar of the Fourth Railway Package, which includes revising the role of the European Railway Agency (ERA).
Despite strong growth in demand, the German rail market is facing considerable uncertainty resulting from changes in the way rail services are funded, amendments to legislation and regulation and a squeeze on public spending. Maria Leenen and Karl Strang from consultancy SCI Verkehr say the decisions being taken now are likely to have a profound effect on the entire market.