Joint letter from the European rail sector on concrete measures to face the COVID‐19 pandemic and its economic consequences

Joint Letter from the European Rail Sector

We, the representatives of European railways, combined transport and wagon load operators, wagon keepers, workshops and mobile services associations, on behalf of our members and of the European rail and intermodal sectors would like to thank all public authorities at all levels – European,  national  and  local – for  their  efforts  to  ensure  a  coordinated  and  quick  European  response to the health and economic crises triggered by the COVID‐19 pandemic.

We, UIP, together with CER, ERFA, UIRR & All Rail, underline the following measures:

  • Recognise railway as a strategic asset in keeping freight moving
  • Use the new State aid Temporary Framework correctly and widely to ensure the fair and adequate support for all railway actors
  • Guarantee short‐term liquidity, in particular to keep these businesses alive and secure jobs
  • Exempt rail staff as strategic workforce from national rules such as travel restrictions and mandatory quarantine
  • Keep rail service, including maintenance activities, up and running

UIP Report "Noise - State of play"

Noise continues to be high on the European agenda where noise creation aspects are legislated and on the national one where noise reception is dealt with according to the subsidiary principles. Accordingly, all European countries have noise reception limit values for new railway lines and in almost all Member States limit values exist also for upgraded lines.

Initial considerations towards noise in rail transport were taken through the Interoperability Directive (EU) 2016/797 and the Noise Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSI NOISE). In addition, the Environmental Noise Directive 2002/49/EC (END) requires Member States to submit noise maps and action plans to assess the number of people exposed to different noise emission levels throughout Europe. However, the END does not define any noise limit values nor does it prescribe the measures to be taken in these action plans. Consequently, different pathways are being pursued at both European and national levels.


ERRAC - RAIL 2030 - Research and Innovation Priorities

In December 2017, ERRAC published the “Rail 2050 Vision” setting out a progressive view of what a fully technically transformed railway could look like, and the much wider role it could play in meeting the needs of European citizens and business. To make this vision a reality and set down the foundations of the solutions which will address the highlighted global trends, the sector proposes this Rail 2030 – Research and innovation priorities brochure. This document contains a set of time focused concrete plans based on the identification of the right questions to answer in a ten-year time period (2020-2030) and set meaningful and influential milestones in a logical, coherent chain.