Joint Letter to to the German Federal minister Alexander Dobrindt and EU Commissioner Violeta Bulc on Rastatt disaster

Open letter from the representatives of the European rail logistics


The Rhine valley railways will be interrupted for almost two months because of the Rastatt construction site accident. Once the route is reopened the announced date of 7 October 2017, railway logistics will have suffered immense damage.

The Rastatt disruption and the current crisis management is a perfect example of what is wrong with European rail freight transportation.

It is still unclear for many railway experts to understand why the total closure of the line could not have been avoided or significantly shortened by the building of a temporary, single track replacement line immediately after the damage of the Rhine valley line due to construction works.

Europe relies on the railways as the eco-friendly mode of transport of the future. Hoping not to lose our chance of guaranteeing a competitive railway logistics, we rely on your full support.
 
 Together, we are committed to make rail logistics work also in this emergency situation.