Renewal of night trains conference

By |February 28th, 2022|

On 23. February, Josef Schneider, Chairman of EPF, participated in a high-level conference on “The renewal of night trains in Europe”, focusing on night trains’ potential as a sustainable mode of transport at the service of regional development.

EPF welcomes any additional offers of public transport. A network of European night train connections enables rail travellers to cover longer distances. […]

CER Ticketing Roadmap: monitoring progress necessary

By |February 24th, 2022|

On 20. September 2021, the CER published a “Ticketing roadmap”, available on the internet here. EPF has assessed the contents of this roadmap as basically positive. However, the fact that many of the developments are only promised for a period of 5 or in some cases 10 years, is viewed critically. From the passenger’s point of view, the basic […]

European conference on Automated and Connected driving

By |February 22nd, 2022|

France hosted a European Conference on Automated and Connected driving on 16-17 February 2022. EPF was invited to take part in the workshop on acceptance and impacts. For EPF, the first question related to CCAM to ask is: What’s in it for the passengers – and what’s in it for society? Technology is an enabler, not a goal in […]

Train to Kaunas

By |February 17th, 2022|

Kaunas has made a wonderful start to its year as European Capital of Culture. The opening events this month have motivated us all to try to travel to Kaunas at some point by the end of the year.

Unfortunately though, it is currently not possible to reach Kaunas by train! Re-opening cross-border rail services between Lithuania and its EU neighbours […]

#OnTheMove podcast with EPF

By |February 15th, 2022|

In a new #OnTheMove podcast, an initiative by the Florence School of Regulation, Delphine Grandsart, Senior Researcher at the European Passengers’​ Federation, discusses key items on the European Green Deal agenda, from cost-reflective pricing in transport, to multimodal ticketing and passenger rights, MaaS and more. Tune in to our conversation for the passengers’ standpoint on some of these questions:

What […]

Cross-border rail ticketing

By |January 31st, 2022|

The good news is that rail is widely considered as an alternative for planes and cars. The European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council of Ministers are all in favour of rail. In 2021 the European Year of Rail took place, unfortunately in the middle of Covid-19. Not only the European institutions see the need for more […]

EPF’s UK member awarded Order of the British Empire

By |January 6th, 2022|

Barclay Davies, Bus Users Director for Wales, has been awarded an OBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in The Queen’s 2022 New Year Honours list. Bus Users is one of EPF’s member organisations based in the United Kingdom.

As Director for Bus Users in Wales, Barclay has facilitated over 200 events bringing passengers together with local transport providers. […]

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