Save the date: Strasbourg conference

EPF’s 2020 annual conference will take place in Strasbourg on 5 & 6 June.

The programme will focus on European cross-border links benefiting for customers. A small preview.

Working sessions:

‘Institutions’: with representatives of the European Commission, the European Court of Auditors and the Independent Regulators Group
‘Operators’: night trains (e.g. ÖBB) – European road lines (e.g. Flixbus-Flixtrain) – International cooperation […]

Urban mobility consultation

EPF has responded to the European Commission’s consultation on urban mobility.

In EPF’s view, it is very important to have an urban mobility policy at EU level. Whereas the local level has the best local knowledge, their financial situation is often not that solid and infrastructure investments  have to compete with other social expenses. Permanent EU funding for local investigations and […]

Hireach newsletter #4 is out!

Anyone interested in transport innovations with social character and new business models favouring inclusive and participative mobility, will be pleased to hear that the new HiReach newsletter is out!

HiReach is a 3-year Research and Innovation Action (RIA) from 2017 to 2020 funded under Horizon 2020 focusing on the development of new tools and business models in order to improve accessibility […]

Involve end-users in the creation of inclusive mobility services

At the annual POLIS conference in Brussels (27-28. November 2019), EPF presented its views on how to involve end-users in the creation of inclusive mobility services. The HiReach project was highlighted as a good example.

Check out our presentation here!


EPF position on rail safety data

Rail Accident Statistics are collected on the number of passengers, employees and others killed or injured, and then categorised into those resulting from collisions, derailments, accidents involving level crossings, accidents caused by rolling stock in motion, fires in rolling stock and ‘other’. These categories do not appear to include fatalities and injuries incurred as a consequence of ‘slips, trips and falls’ (STFs) on trains or on […]

Station areas: what do passengers want?

EPF was invited to join the 7th edition of the UIC nextstation conference in Teheran (11-13. November) to talk about passenger expectations with regard to railway stations.

The UIC nextstation Conference is the global reference for leaders and decision-makers to share the latest experiences and best practices regarding the design, financing and operation of railway stations. It provides a unique opportunity […]

“Introducing international rail-corridors for passengers”

On the 15th of November, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management  organized a high level expert meeting for the member states, the EC, and the ERA in Amsterdam to discuss in which ways international rail services for passengers can be further stimulated.

International passenger trains offer travellers the opportunity to travel across Europe in a sustainable way. The international passenger train […]

Train travel is the future – and train passengers deserve better rights!

Joint letter by EPF, EDF, AGE and ECF

Brussels, 12.11.2019

Dear EU leaders,

Train travel is important. It is less polluting. It is less costly. Accessible, affordable train travel is not only a question of human rights, it is a question of environmental sustainability. Now there is a chance to make train travel work for passengers and at the same time encourage a more sustainable […]

MaaS: what’s in it for the passengers?

During the CER event on ‘What Mobility as a Service means for the rail customer’, EPF delivered an impulse speech that focused on the benefits of MaaS for the passengers – but also on possible risks and challenges.

EPF’s presentation (download it here!) was then used as starting point for the panel discussion with Ismail Ertug (MEP, TRAN committee), Elisabeth […]

Across the border without crossing

On October 31., the symposium “Over de grens zonder overstap – Über die Grenze ohne Umstieg” took place in Enschede (Netherlands).

The number of regional rail and bus lines crossing the border is limited. This used to be different with a dense network of regional trains and buses. From The Hague (but also from Hannover and Düsseldorf) little attention is […]