Railways

21st century public transport: People with disabilities face discrimination

The European Accessibility Act, the proposed law that would make products and services in the EU more accessible for persons with disabilities, is a unique opportunity for Europe, writes Catherine Naughton.
31-03-2017

The end of multimodal transport?

As the EU moves into the era of "smart mobility", Dan Wolff wonders whatever happened to the idea of multimodal transport. Just because road freight innovates faster than other transport modes doesn't mean policymakers should give up on multimodality, he argues.
Electric cars 28-03-2017

Full electro-mobility will be the next giant leap for Europe

We are on the cusp of the age of electro-mobility. Now we need concerted action from policymakers to ensure it really does become a reality, writes Nicolas Erb.
Transport 15-06-2016

Passenger rights: Playing by the rules harms railways

Passenger rights in Europe need to improve in order for railways to compete in inter-modal transport and deliver on the EU’s decarbonisation strategy, writes Oliver Wolff.
Transport 30-03-2015

From world leader to decline: The Belgian railway policy is derailing

This is a story for all those that need public transport to reach their workplace (and home, afterwards) in Brussels, and regularly get frustrated because of delays and strikes, write Michael Cramer, Bart Staes, and Philippe Lamberts.
Transport 10-10-2013

Transport ministers must seize the chance of a better rail safety directive

A one-size-fits-all approach to new rail safety proposals would be inappropriate and potentially dangerous – far better to seize the low-hanging fruits that would accrue from a truly European solution, argues Libor Lochman.
Transport 12-11-2012

The fourth railway package: A sense of unfinished business

As the European Commission finalises proposals for a fourth overhaul of the railway sector since 2001, the resistance of major stakeholders against the draft reform suggest it may not be the last, argues Dan Wolff.
Transport 13-04-2012

On track towards a common European signalling system

A well-functioning railway system is highly valuable to European citizens and economies. But the different signalling systems used in EU member states can hamper the process of integration, argues Danish Transport Minister Henrik Dam Kristensen.
Transport 29-11-2004

The Economics of EU Railway Reform

This briefing paper by the College of Europe (Bruges, Natolin) inspects the main economic aspects of EU rail reform. After highlighting the dramatic loss of market share of rail since the 1960s, the case for reform is argued to rest on three arguments: the need for greater competitiveness of rail, promoting the (market driven) diversion of road haulage to rail as a step towards sustainable mobility in Europe, and an end to the disproportional claims on public budgets of Member States.