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European Railway Agency (ERA) - Articles and news items

European Union Agency for Railways launches Safety Alert IT tool at InnoTrans 2016

Rail industry news / 21 September 2016 /

In an effort to increase transparency in rail safety incident reporting in the EU and to share information among rail operators and manufacturers, the European Union Agency for Railways has launched a Safety Alert IT tool…

Staff responsibility in case rail accidents get further attention

Railway Extra, Z Homepage promo / 12 August 2016 /

Regular blogger Peter van der Mark looks at the developments around the Spanish high-speed rail accident in Santiago de Compostela following ERA intervention…

Rail Safety & Security supplement

Issue 1 2016, Supplements / 4 February 2016 /

We take a look at concerns with metal theft for the rail industry, what RSSB is proactively doing to improve safety on the UK’s railways, and Chris Carr from ERA reflects on rail safety performance data for 2014 at a European level, plus he examines how the industry should work together to address future challenges and create an encouraging safety culture…

Technical pillar agreement reached on Fourth Railway Package

Rail industry news / 19 June 2015 /

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.

European Railway Agency appoint new Executive Director

Rail industry news / 3 October 2014 /

Mr. Josef Doppelbauer was appointed during a meeting of the Administrative Board held in Lille, France.

The reduction of railway regulation in Europe

Rail industry news / 21 November 2013 /

The European institutions have identified that one of the major obstacles to reach a single European railway market…

Lowest death toll recorded on EU railways since 2006, but collisions and derailments on rise in 2012

Rail industry news / 21 October 2013 /

The number of persons killed in railway accidents was below 1,200…

Safety Directive: A major step towards the Single European Rail Area

Rail industry news / 10 October 2013 /

This general approach is a step ahead towards the elimination of the burdensome administrative procedures…

Signalling & Telecoms supplement 2013

Issue 1 2013, Supplements / 25 February 2013 /

Crossrail’s signalling plans for best possible performance
What is in store for ERTMS in 2013? (Pio Guido Head of ERTMS Unit, European Railway Agency)
Railway telecommunications and traffic safety (José Pestana Neves, Adviser to the Board of Directors, Refer Telecom and Member of the UIC European Radio Implementation Group)

Working together to find adequate solutions

Issue 2 2012 / 11 April 2012 /

he Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) brings together more than 70 European railway undertakings, infrastructure companies and vehicle leasing companies, including long-established bodies, new entrants, and both private and public-sector organisations. In EU, EFTA and EU accession countries, CER members represent approximately 75% of the rail network length, more than 85% of the rail freight business and over 90% of rail passenger operations, with 1.2 million jobs directly created by CER members. Exclusively for European Railway Review, Dr. Libor Lochman – the newly appointed Executive Director of CER – provides an insight into CER’s current work and what the future holds.
Mobility challenges and the role of railways

The 2011 Transport White Paper, published by the European Commission in March 2011, recognised the stark challenges facing Europe’s transport system. Meeting growing mobility needs, Europe must move away from its dependence on oil, and must achieve substantial cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. While other sectors of the economy should cut emissions by even larger amounts in order to meet the Union’s long-term overall target, transport should also contribute by reducing emissions by at least 60% on the 1990 level by 2050.

Safety performance of EU railways further improving

Rail industry news / 8 March 2012 /

The European Railway Agency has published its fifth report on the development of railway safety in the EU…

Railway Safety Performance Report 2011

Rail industry news / 10 June 2011 /

The European Railway Agency has published its fourth Annual Report on the development of Railway Safety in the European Union…

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