The European Association of Independent Operators (ALLRAIL) and the Association of European Lessors of Railway Rolling Stock (AERRL) have expressed their willingness to increase the fleet of new or modernized passenger cars available to private operators on European railways. This was announced at a joint meeting of representatives of these associations in Brussels, Railway Supply magazine reports citing zdmira.


The shortage of affordable passenger cars and high-speed trains is one of the concerns of private operators poised to gain a foothold in a competitive passenger market.

There have been statements from AERRL members that they are ready to finance the filling of the rental market with high-speed and traditional rolling stock, which will allow private operators to develop their business and introduce new trains. This includes both new and used wagons and trains.

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The share of the rental market for new locomotives supplied to the EU countries, Norway and Switzerland, but mainly for freight operators, increased from 25% in 2011-2015 to 25%, up to 40% in 2016-2020, while the supply of rolling stock for passenger traffic is still limited.

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