Upcoming German government publishes mobility targets
The upcoming German federal three-party coalition government has agreed upon its general targets in a coalition contract, as the framework of future legislation. Here is a short summary of potentially relevant aims for the Rhine-Alpine corridor:
Rail to prepare for expansion ©Deutsche Bahn
The coalition intends to prepare rail transport for substantial increase, met by a quick capacity expansion program. Infrastructure priorities will be given to measures toward the “Deutschlandtakt”, under which long distance passenger trains will operate every 30 minutes and connect with regional trains. Cross-border passenger transport shall be strengthened, which explicitly includes night train services. More semi-trailers shall be craneable; in intermodal service they shall not pay road toll within 50 km of a transfer terminal. Carload service will be strengthened, this includes introduction of automatic couplers.
Deutsche Bahn will remain a single legal entity. However, income from infrastructure services (which partly is from competitors) will explicitly stay within the infrastructure division.
Road to focus on maintenance and CO2-reduction
Investment priority for road transport will be for repair and maintenance. Along the Autobahn network, the coalition intends better truck parking and related telematics. Road toll will consider CO2-consumption. New cars will need to run on e-fuels from 2030.
Inland waterway transport shall modernize
On inland waterways, the coalition intends to strengthen hinterland traffic as well as renovate and expand locks. For barges, there will be a fleet renewal program, shore power, and development of alternative fuel concepts.
As a declaration of political will, the document is available for download at the coalition parties (external link).
ERFA Board of Directors re-elects Dirk Stahl and Maciej Gladyga as President and Vice-President
The Board of Directors of the European Rail Freight Association ERFA re-elected Dirk Stahl and Maciej Gladyga as ERFA President and ERFA-Vice President respectively for a two-year period. This period will see important legislative revision, such as the Rail Freight Corridors Regulation and TEN-T Guidelines, as well as a revision to existing State Aid rules for Railway Undertakings.
Mr. Stahl is the CEO of BLS Cargo, one of the main operators providing rail freight transport services on the Rhine-Alpine corridor. Mr. Gladyga is the Managing Director of IGTL (Land Transport Chamber of Commerce of Poland). Within this role, Mr. Gladyga represents operators of various sizes and wagon keepers within the Polish rail freight market. Read the news here (external link).
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