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.

Germany's non-incumbent passenger rail operator association "Mofair" releases new position paper (in German)

on how to achieve a level playing field in the rail ticket sales market, making access to all rail options more customer friendly, modern & fair:
https://t.co/cOQDqVBj52

Article in French by our member @thetrainline:

calling for robust regulatory framework that enables distribution of all rail tickets on a level playing field.

This would make it easier for new entrant operators to enter market, achieving goal of more competition on tracks https://t.co/n3c8qZWTwn

Competitive forces lead to a more innovative rail industry. Read more here: https://t.co/66z0HBfElP

Public transport scandal in Switzerland:

by means of direct awards, incumbent operator charged too high prices and earned millions in illegal subsidy.

So it clearly can happen - therefore @Transport_EU is right to push for more competitive tendering in EU https://t.co/R1aiJGDpaP

French public transport user association @FNAUT_fr responds to #Spinetta report:

stating it is in favour of opening up the French rail market to competition because it believes that this will have a positive effect on the consistency of supply, lower fares & quality of service

FNAUT@FNAUT_fr

#FNAUTposition #Spinetta #SauvonsLeTrain La FNAUT est favorable à l'ouverture à la concurrence car la concurrence est perçue comme pouvant avoir un effet favorable sur la consistance de l’offre, les tarifs et la qualité de service. https://t.co/qrS68worpU

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