According to a European Union Railways Agency (ERA) report, many cross-border rail routes function like a patchwork of different national systems and there is an opportunity to reduce travel times by addressing technical and operational issues. Railway Supply writes about this with reference to the Railway Gazette.


The Cross-Border Rail Transport Potential Report examines the potential growth in cross-border rail transport that could be achieved by making railways more attractive and competitive by removing technical and operational barriers.

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The study looks at four routes: Wien (Austria) – Győr (Hungary) and Berlin (Germany) – Kostrzyn (Poland) in the passenger market, and Giurgiu Nord (Romania) – Ruse Razpredel (Bulgaria) and Brenner (Italy) – Steinach (Austria) for freight traffic.

Based on its findings, ERA highlighted the need to further reduce national regulations and further adapt technical specifications for interoperability.

‘Immediate action is needed to remove barriers to cross-border rail transport — both for passenger and freight — in order to finally see the rail modal share grow’, said ERA Executive Director. He added that without investment in improving infrastructure and the customer experience, ‘essential modal share targets are at risk’.

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