Tag Archive for European single rail market?

Dawn raid by European Commission on incumbent railway

Lord Berkeley

Rail monopoly news – Dawn Raid by the Commission – first of many? The annual Rail Freight Conference organised by the European Commission in Vienna on 4th December provided an interesting backdrop to the dawn raids by the European Commission as part their investigations into possible violations of ‘EU anti-trust rules that prohibit cartels and…

Germany and France still want their rail monopolies

Lord Berkeley

Message to the European Transport Council – 4th Railway Package – Germany and France still trying to kill the PSO issues and keep their monopolies!  Germany and France, whilst still opposing the 4th RP in the Council and Parliament, are already making sure it will have no effect in bringing competition to PSO contracts in…

UK Government – How not to run an efficient, cost-effective and safe railway to attract traffic off road and air

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How not to run an efficient, cost-effective and safe railway to attract traffic off road and air. The European Council and Commission are grinding their way through new legislation to achieve the above objectives and to bring the Single Market to the rail sector. Common standards and approval processes for rolling stock form part of…

Is obstruction by Germany and France forcing a 5th Railway Package on Europe to bring its railways rather belatedly into the 21st Century?

Lord Berkeley

 2015 New Year message from Tony Berkeley The latest draft of the 4th Railway Package from the Latvian Presidency (see link below) makes depressing reading. It is a pale version of what the Commission started with, a blueprint to revitalise Europe’s railways, to introduce competition and efficiencies, better customer choice and private investment. Since then, Angela…