Nicholas Shrimpton, UNIFE’s Technical Affairs Manager, explores the intricacies of the introduction of the Fourth Railway Package’s (4RP) Technical Pillar, and the key elements that will ensure its full and successful adoption going forward.
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Fourth Railway Package (4RP)
The Fourth Railway Package (4RP) is a set of changes to rail transport regulation in European Union (EU) law, covering standards and authorisation for rolling stock; workforce skills; independent management of infrastructure; and the liberalisation of domestic passenger services in an attempt to reduce European rail subsidies.
Mazzola will follow Libor Lochman into the role, following an unanimous vote at the CER General Assembly on 21 September.
Elisabeth Werner, Director for Land Transport at the European Commission’s DG for Mobility and Transport, underlines that now is the time for rail to deliver its share in building a green, efficient, and affordable European transport system.
Libor Lochman (Executive Director) and Enno Wiebe (Technical Director) of the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) write that further concentration and common understanding is required to agree on a single and comprehensive model for a rail safety culture in Europe, but explain that to achieve this will…
The development of rail traffic management systems are bringing considerable benefits to the railway sector, boosting international freight and passenger transport. Read on to find out how Slovenia and Norway are modernising their networks, an overview of the recent amendment of the CCS TSI, and the challenges related to evolving…
Due to begin operation across the East Midlands network by 2022, the 33 new Hitachi trains will improve the passenger experience with more seats, more services, faster trains and better stations for passengers.
In order to achieve a sustainable and competitive European railway network, three conditions must be fulfilled: removal of the bottlenecks on the infrastructure; harmonisation of operational and authorisation rules throughout Europe; and implementation of ERTMS. In order to accelerate this latter objective, Karel Vinck was appointed by the European Commission…
The European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) – as the single, worldwide, interoperable signalling standard – has reached a stage of maturity. For 42 countries, ERTMS is the preferred choice for ATP signalling solutions. More than one billion cumulative train kilometres have been covered with ERTMS-equipped trains and in Europe,…
15 December 2016 | By Katie Sadler, Global Railway Review
The European Parliament has adopted the Market Pillar of the Fourth Railway Package following a plenary session on 14 December 2016.
22 April 2016 | By Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Global Railway Review
On the 19 April 2016 an informal agreement was reached on the Market Pillar of the Fourth Railway Package.
Chris Carr, Head of Safety at the European Railway Agency (ERA), reflects on rail safety performance data for 2014 at a European level, and examines how the industry should work together to address future challenges and create an encouraging safety culture.
8 October 2015 | By Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Global Railway Review
Transport Ministers of the European Transport Council have adopted a general approach on the Market Pillar of the Fourth Railway Package.
19 June 2015 | By Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Global Railway Review
The Latvian Presidency of the European Council has reached a provisional agreement with the European Parliament on updates to three sections of existing legislation within the technical pillar of the Fourth Railway Package.