‘No Green Deal without investments in rail infrastructure’

TEN-T map

Investment in rail infrastructure and the EU-added value this creates, are extremely important if the EU wants to achieve its objectives of decarbonisation, digitalisation, and increased competitiveness. This will be the core message of the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) at today’s conference on Rail Infrastructure Investment for the Green Deal in Bucharest.  

The event will take place on the occasion of the arrival of the Connecting Europe Express in Bucharest. The CEO of CER Alberto Mazzola, will be speaking at this event. “One of the European Commission’s policy priorities is greening transport as outlined in the European Green Deal. Railways are the backbone of sustainable mobility in Europe and without sufficient support there will be no Green Deal”, he said ahead of his speech.

Shift to zero-emission mobility

Investment in rail infrastructure supports the creation of the single market with increased mobility of citizens and goods, as well as seamless mobility and accessibility for all users. Furthermore, it directly contributes to economic growth, employment, and cohesion, the CER states.

“By investing in infrastructure, notably by contributing to the completion of the Trans-European Network for Transport (TEN-T) on missing links and bottlenecks, but also by enhancing consistent deployment of ERTMS, homogenous electrification, financing of interoperable and energy efficient rolling stock, 5G deployment and by enabling a high-frequency European high-speed rail network connecting major urban centres, it is possible to shift to zero-emission mobility.

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Let’s rethink

“There is a need to rethink the way in which the European Union supports the deployment of ERTMS technology, both on track and on board”, it continues. CER agrees with the economic analysis of the European Court of Auditors and calls on all EU decision-makers to increase funding while streamlining and strengthening ERTMS governance and decisively accelerating its deployment.

The organisation calls on the EU to continue its support to rail projects through the Connecting Europe Facility, Cohesion Fund and European Regional Development Fund, and Member States must ensure that the Recovery Fund includes recovery for railways, thus also contributing to modal shift.

Live stream

The Commission Conference ‘Rail Infrastructure Investment for the Green Deal’ will be live streamed from the Connecting Europe Express website from 13:30 CET.

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Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is the editor-in-chief of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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