EPF feedback EU-Rail Master Plan

By |December 24th, 2021|

Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking (EU-Rail) is established by Council Regulation (EU) 2021/2085 of 19 November 2021. It is the new European partnership on rail research and innovation established under the Horizon Europe programme (2020-2027) and the universal successor of the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking. The vision of EU-Rail is to deliver, via an integrated system approach, a high capacity, flexible, multi-modal […]

Merger of Thalys and Eurostar

By |December 21st, 2021|

Thalys and Eurostar have announced the wish to merge into one company. Is this merger beneficial for passengers? In general competition is good for the consumers. EPF has seen that the competition on the HSL from Turino to Napoli in Italy has led to lower prices and more passengers. The same can be said about the line from Vienna […]

CER Ticketing Roadmap

By |December 19th, 2021|

CER published a Ticketing Roadmap on 20. September. The following concrete actions are planned until 2025:

More up to date timetables (available to any interested party)
Being able to buy train tickets at least 6 and up to 12 months in advance
More up to date tariff exchange, enabling through tickets
European wide standardized API for selling train tickets

SESAR innovation days

By |December 12th, 2021|

On 8. December, EPF took part in the SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research Joint Undertaking) innovation days. The event included a series of plenary sessions – involving panel discussions on core topics applicable to smart and sustainable aviation.

On day 2 of the conference, the panel focused on the topic of multi-modality. EPF was invited to present its vision […]

Multimodal Digital Mobility Services

By |December 10th, 2021|

The EC is exploring a new initiative dealing with “multimodal digital mobility services”. Delegated Regulation (EC) 2017/1926 already covers multimodal travel information services; payment and booking will be covered by this new initiative. EPF’s feedback to the Inception Impact Assessment roadmap (submitted on 2. November) is available here. EPF welcomes the EC’s proposal for a Regulation on Multimodal Digital Mobility […]

CountEmissions – EPF response

By |December 17th, 2021|

EPF welcomes the European Commission’s initiative to create an EU framework for harmonised measurement of transport and logistics emissions – ‘CountEmissions EU’, which sets out a common framework to calculate and report transport-related greenhouse gas emissions that can be applied by both the passenger and freight sector.

In order to be able to make an informed choice, passengers need a […]

Night trains, new trends: building a passenger-centric service

By |December 6th, 2021|

On the 2nd of December, Back-on-track Belgium organized a Night train lunch webinar to replace the in-person Conference that has been postponed until March next year, due to the strengthening of COVID-19 measures. Our board member, Emil Frodlund, participated in the discussion, bringing the passengers’ needs into the debate.

Emil stressed the difficulties caused to passengers by the unfair competition […]