XBORDER quick wins

Start: 2018-01-1

End: 2018-12-31

Project code: 2018/FRE/587

Project director: Sandra GEHENOT

Project manager: Bernard SCHMITT

  • Despite “Interoperability” and the “Common European Railway Market”, operational constraints still exist and hamper smooth-cross border operation. The cost burden being placed on the shoulders of rail operators is increasing, yet, in the meantime, the market share of rail freight is stagnating at around 18% (less in some countries) and rail freight operators face extreme pressure from road competition.
  • These constraints are linked to operational processes. Others are linked to the ability of a driver from Country A to communicate successfully with the Infrastructure of Country b.
  • More than 50 % of freight traffic in 2014 was international, giving rail freight a much stronger European dimension than is the case for passenger traffic.
  • It is therefore vital that international traffic operates as smoothly as possible as it represents the growth segment - rail’s advantage being in long-distance traffic.
  • EU legislation has severely complicated the use of cross-border lines, costs are exploding because, particularly in terms of language training, the current regulation stipulates that a driver in cross-border operation should be B1 proficient.
  • Work carried out within the Freight CEO Task Force has illustrated the high cost of driver language training for RUs. Solutions therefore need to be found. (see annex 1)
  • Also, in order to fulfill the goals of a Single European Railway Area, processes need to help the mobility of the work force rather than hinder it.
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Monday 1 January 2018