Moving freight by rail is no doubt the most energy-efficient means of land-based transportation, but as Libor Lochman, Executive Director of the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) explains, more must still be done to entice potential customers onto rail and achieve a modal shift for freight.
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As part of Global Railway Review’s 25th anniversary, Libor Lochman, Executive Director at the CER, reflects on industry developments and the huge potential of digital technologies in rail's future.
What projects, developments and innovative solutions are available to help transform rail freight operations in the digital era? This In-Depth Focus examines the latest methods to make rail freight more environmentally friendly, more cost-effective, more efficient and much safer.
From the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER), Libor Lochman, Executive Director and Ulrich Fikar, Senior Policy Adviser – Passenger, explore the options which ensure rail becomes more attractive to passengers as the expectations of seamless mobility continue to grow.
It will be on the basis of this policy agenda that the CER will engage with commissioners and members of the European Parliament during 2019.
First organised in 2007, the European Railway Award celebrates and recognises the political and technical contributions of accomplished individuals to the rail sector.
The ‘open’ nature of stations and trains continually make them targets for terrorist attacks. But with project SHERPA, coordinated by the UIC, key players in the railway sector are coming together and focus on various actions that will help railways cope better with present and future threats.
An efficient CEF will provide vital funding to rail and help to further increase its contribution to the EU’s 2030 climate targets.
Rail is the most sustainable and energy-efficient low-emission transport mode and it plays a crucial role in the decarbonisation of the transport sector.
Regulations from the EU, that the railways then implement, need to be passenger-centric at all times to ensure rail is an attractive mode of transport.
Rail has a central role to play in providing climate-friendly transport and helping Europe meet its sustainability challenges, and remains the best solution for promoting safe, clean and green mobility.