IV Railway Package reviews the possibility of introducing framework conditions to facilitate railway market access
“The old transport challenges remained unchanged as new ones appeared, such as increasing competitiveness which represents a pressure in the global economy, traffic congestion and poor accessibility in the transport market, the increasing oil price and the oil dependency in the transport sector, all these representing hindrances in setting an environmentally friendly transport”, declared Vicenc Pedret – Cusco, Economic Advisor, DG MOVE during the conference “Railway passenger transport on the sustainable mobility agenda”, held on 28-29 March 2012 in Sibiu (Romania) and organised by Club Feroviar and the Romanian Railway Industry Association (AIF).
“Currently, passenger transport is affected by the poor quality of the provided services and by high prices and costs for public authorities. These problems are caused by the reduced capacity of the transport network, market distortions, low degree of competition in rail sector and also by the different market access rules leading to a suboptimal structure of EU rail market”, pointed out Pedret – Cusco.
“To remedy the situation, the IV Railway Package proposes the evaluation of options such as no legislative change, but continued progressive implementation of existing legislation (this being option 0), then the first option will be open access competition for domestic services. The second option comprises the first one plus mandatory competitive tendering of PSC for domestic rail; the third option cumulates option 2 plus introduction of framework conditions potentially having a favourable impact on market access and quality of service e.g. full independence of infrastructure managers, better access to facilities and stations, through ticketing, inter-availability of tickets”, pointed out the Economic Advisor.