ALLRAIL – Because competition matters!

 

Why competition matters?

 

„Because challenge and competition make us better. If our businesses aren’t challenged, if they don’t have to compete, then they don’t have any reason to work to serve people better. Competition is the motor that drives businesses to do better for consumers. To cut prices. To offer more choice. To produce innovative products.“

Margarethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition, in a speech at the
American Enterprise Institute in Washington on September 18, 2017

Taken from: How competition can build better market

 

Ms. Vestagers quote concisely sums up why competition matters. The rail sector in the EU is currently still far from being as competitive as other industries.

ALLRAIL aims to work closely with the EU Institutions, the European Union Rail Agency and Regulators to support the full establishment of a competitive Single European Railway Area.

The Network of European rail regulators @IRGRail

issues new position paper stating that market distortion through temporary #Covid_19 state aid measures must be avoided

- specific players (incumbents) should not get preferential treatment

https://t.co/6q3oejqcNF

Italy:

new high speed services to Reggio di Calabria in the South, not just by Trenitalia by 10 days later also @ItaloTreno

https://t.co/tnnoPIlcaP

COVID-19 in Germany

Big risk to 3rd party rail ticket vendors:

information about higher occupancy on trains (to give passengers chance to choose emptier services) wil only be available on DB in-house sales channel

@EU_Competition @Transport_EU

https://t.co/UQvWTFnOEX

Night train growth in Europe:

last Autumn, the long distance passenger rail operator Snälltåget acquired additional 10 wagons for international night train traffic, mainly for its Sweden (Stockholm/Malmö) <-> Germany (Berlin) route.

Here's one of the wagons in its new livery

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