Brussels, 9th May 2020

GERMANY: subsidy for “hot air” at DB Long Distance Trains corona crisis: financial support for long-distance passenger rail should be fair for all companies

It is now well known that the German rail incumbent Deutsche Bahn AG (‘DB’) has asked for an additional eight to ten billion euros by 2024.  …

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Brussels, 4th May 2020

SWEDEN: Result of government investigation confirms a serious problem in the rail ticket sales market. Urgent change is needed – all across Europe

Back In 2018, two new rail operators in Sweden (MTRX & Saga Rail) separately reported rail incumbent SJ to the Swedish Competition Authority (SCA) for not allowing them to be either searched for or booked on SJ’s market dominant online rail ticket sales channel. …

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Brussels, 20th April 2020

COVID-19 in AUSTRIA: Temporary Public Service Obligation (PSO) contract for open access operators. New reference model for the rest of Europe

Over the past decade, competition between different passenger rail operators and in the downstream rail ticket retail market has benefited passengers, taxpayers and the environment. …

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Brussels, 17th April 2020

Press Release

The undersigned European associations – representing infrastructure managers, railway operators, intermodal companies, wagon keepers and the rail supply industry – jointly: …

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Brussels, 9th April 2020

Ensuring the survival of new entrant passenger rail companies – proposal for a rescue plan

Competition in the passenger rail market has brought numerous benefits…

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Brussels, 27h March 2020

LETTER from the European rail sector

About concrete measures to face the COVID‐19 pandemic…

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Brussels, 18th March 2020

EUROPE: must tackle the impact of COVID-19 on passenger rail services:

These are extraordinary times without a precedent. The coronavirus pandemic represents a global challenge that individual countries cannot manage on their own. …

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Brussels, 6th March 2020

ALLRAIL welcomes 2021 as the “European Year of Rail”

ALLRAIL welcomes the EU Commission’s proposal to designate 2021 as the European Year of Rail to promote rail as a sustainable, innovative & safe mode of transport.

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Brussels/Prague/Vienna, 4th March 2020

New revelation: alleged agreement between ÖBB and ČD to “eliminate” new entrant’s access to rolling stock

According a media report earlier today1, the Czech state rail incumbent ČD could face a fine of up to 4 billion Czech Koruna (= €158 million) for an alleged cartel agreement that sought to “eliminate” a new entrant competitor’s access to 2nd hand rolling stock.

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Brüssel/Prag/Wien, 4. March 2020

Verdacht auf Absprachen zwischen ÖBB und ČD, um neuen Wettbewerber von Zugriff auf Rollmaterial auszuschließen:

Einem heutigen Medienbericht zufolge droht der tschechische Staatsbahn ČD eine Strafe von bis zu 4 Mrd. Kronen (= ca. 160 Mio. €), da sie durch Kartellabsprachen den Zugriff eines privaten Bahn-Newcomers auf gebrauchtes Rollmaterial verhindern wollte.

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Den Haag & Brussel, 28 februari 2020

De twee gezichten van de Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS)

Eerder deze maand was in het nieuws hoe de spoorwegmaatschappij Abellio Deutschland via een juridische procedure met succes heeft verhinderd dat een contract voor Duitse Intercity-treindiensten zónder openbare aanbesteding aan Deutsche Bahn (DB) zou worden gegeven, een zogenaamde “onderhandse gunning”.

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Brussels & The Hague, 28th February 2020

The Two Faces of Netherlands Railways (Nederlandse Spoorwegen)

Earlier this month, it was reminded in the news again how the German rail operator Abellio has been successful in its legal action against directly awarded taxpayer subsidy being paid to German Railways (‘DB’) for providing some long distance Intercity train services in Germany.

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Brussels, 17th February 2020

Proposed Eurostar and Thalys merger will NOT help modal shift to rail – another solution is necessary

This month, the proposed merger of North-West Europe’s two high-speed operators – Eurostar and Thalys – was again in the news, with the working name „Green Speed“.

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Bratislava & Brussels, 12th February 2020

SLOVAKIA: Yet another suspicious competitive tender where only the state rail incumbent ZSSK is able to bid – using rolling stock paid for by EU & national taxpayers

Since 2010, the passenger rail service between Bratislava, Dunajská Streda and Komárno has been the only public service obligation (‘PSO’) in Slovakia carried out by an operator that is not the state-owned rail incumbent ZSSK.

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Brusel, 12. Februára 2020

SLOVENSKO: Ďalšia podozrivá verejná súťaž, v ktorej môže uspieť len ZSSK – s koľajovými vozidlami, ktoré zaplatili daňovníci Slovenska a EÚ v podmienkach súťaže ako nástroj odstránenia konkurencie

Od roku 2010 je osobná železničná doprava medzi Bratislavou, Dunajskou Stredou a Komárnom jedinou traťou v záväzku verejnej služby, ktorú prevádzkuje iný dopravca ako štátna Železničná spoločnosť Slovensko (ZSSK).

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Brussels, 21st January 2020

Stagecoach Group is joining ALLRAIL

It is a great pleasure to announce that one of the Europe’s leading privately owned multi-modal public transport groups, Stagecoach, is joining our association ALLRAIL.

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Paris & Brussels, 20th December 2019

FRANCE: Deep concerns about the proposed re-organisation of the rail incumbent SNCF Group

It is with great alarm that we notice how the French Transport Regulator ART has expressed concerns about the proposed re-organisation of the state-owned rail incumbent SNCF Group.

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Berlin & Brussels, 16th December 2019

GERMANY: climate activist Greta Thunberg sits on the floor in an overcrowded train

Two days ago, on Saturday, Time Magazine’s Person Of The Year Greta Thunberg tweeted how she was sitting on the floor in an overcrowded long distance DB train in Germany, while returning home to Sweden from the World Climate Summit in Madrid.

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Bratislava & Brussels, 12th December 2019

SLOVAKIA: As predicted, ‘competitive tender’ seems to end up with only one bidder: incumbent ZSSK

In August 2019, we sent out a press release about a suspicious competitive tender for the Žilina-Rajec route in Slovakia – done with such a very short tender schedule.

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Berlin & Brussels, 3rd December 2019

GERMANY: Federal Cartel Office starts fresh proceedings against rail incumbent Deutsche Bahn (DB)

ALLRAIL, the Alliance of Passenger Rail New Entrants in Europe, welcomes the recent decision by the German Federal Cartel Office to launch an investigation into allegations about rail incumbent Deutsche Bahn AG’s restrictive practices

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London & Brussels, 19th November 2019

UNITED KINGDOM Election Campaign: Labour Party praises privately owned rail operator

Currently, there is an election campaign taking place in the UK. Yesterday, it was with great interest that we noticed how the UK Labour Party leader has published a new election video praising a privately owned passenger rail operator in Europe.

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Warsaw & Brussels, 7th November 2019

POLAND: rail incumbent will be protected for 10 more years, undermining the single EU rail market & the EU Green Deal

Evidence shows that wherever rail market opening has occurred so far in Europe, this has led to: more innovation; improved quality; lower fares; less subsidy and modal shift to rail, away from less sustainable transport modes.

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Warszawa/Bruksela, 7 Listopada 2019 r.

POLSKA: państwowy przewoźnik kolejowy będzie chroniony przez następne 10 lat niezgodnie z założeniami jednolitego rynku kolejowego Unii Europejskiej, jak i europejskiego „Green Deal”

Doświadczenie wskazuje, że wszędzie tam, gdzie w Europie miało dotychczas miejsce otwarcie rynku kolejowego, doprowadziło to do:

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Bruxelles, 3 octobre 2019

Le groupe Transdev rejoint ALLRAIL

C’est un grand plaisir d’annoncer que Transdev, l’un des leaders mondiaux de la mobilité, rejoint notre association ALLRAIL.

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Brussels, 30th September 2019

Transdev Group joins ALLRAIL.

It is a great pleasure to announce that one of leading mobility companies in the world, Transdev, is joining our association ALLRAIL.

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Brussels, 24th September 2019

GERMANY & AUSTRIA – the answer to climate change is not less competition in Rail

Evidence shows that wherever rail market opening has taken place, the results have benefited passengers, the taxpayers, and (most importantly) the environment.

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Brussel, 9 september 2019

BELGIË riskeert Europees spoorwegmuseum te worden

De federaal Minister van Mobiliteit, François Bellot, heeft recent gezegd dat vanwege restatieproblemen “het niet langer taboe mag zijn om te spreken over de herintegratie van de Belgische spoorinfrastructuurbeheerder Infrabel en de reizigersvervoerder NMBS”.

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Bruxelles, 9 septembre 2018

Le rail Belge est-il en passe de devenir un musée?

Récemment, le ministre des transports belge, François Bellot, a déclaré qu’en raison de problèmes de performance, « la réintégration du gestionnaire d’infrastructure belge Infrabel et du titulaire national du transport de voyageurs la SNCB ne devrait plus constituer des sujets tabous ».

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Brussels, 9th September 2019

BELGIUM risks becoming the Museum of European Railways

Recently, the Belgian Transport Minister François Bellot said that, due to performance problems, it should “no longer be taboo to talk about the re-integration of the Belgian infrastructure manager Infrabel and the state passenger rail incumbent SNCB/NMBS”.

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Brussels & Vienna, 4th September 2019

AUSTRIA: Suspicious behaviour in the rail sector during the populists’ reign of the Transport Ministry

Earlier this year, Austrian politics was rocked by the Ibiza affair: In July 2017 in Ibiza, Spain, a secretly recorded video showed the then leader of the Austrian right-wing populist party FPÖ, Heinz-Christian Strache, discussing his party’s underhand practices and intentions assuming it would enter government later in the year.

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Brusel & Bratislava, 14. augusta 2019

SLOVENSKO: podozrivá súťaž Žilina – Rajec – pravdepodobne s vopred určeným víťazom

Odhaduje sa, že férové výberové konanie na dotované železničné spoje v krajinách EÚ vedie k „20 – 30 % úsporám pre daňových poplatníkov, spolu s rastom kvality prepravy na vysúťažených tratiach“ .

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Brussels & Bratislava, 14th August 2019

SLOVAKIA: suspicious competitive tender – probably with a specific winner in mind?

It is estimated that competitive tendering for subsidised rail services in the EU leads to a “20-30% saving for the taxpayer, with better quality trains as well”.

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Brussels & Berlin, 31st July 2019

GERMANY: Monopolies Commission calls for more competition in order to achieve modal shift to rail

This month, two separate reports were published that gave powerful arguments in favour of faster rail market opening.

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Brussels & Vienna, 25th July 2019

Serious risk that EU rail market opening will never happen

Since 2011, the non-subsidised independent rail operator WESTbahn in Austria has struggled against a rail incumbent supported by public finance.

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Brussels, 23rd July 2019

Groups of independents joining forces to show the way ahead

In preparation for the first meeting of the TRAN Committee, the two independent rail company groups, ERFA and ALLRAIL submitted in a special letter their wish list of changes and improvements that must be done to the rail sector and infrastructure if freight and passenger traffic is to grow.

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Brussel, 18 juli 2019

Onze visie op nachttreinen in Europa Innovatie – geen marktverstorende subsidies

Deze week werd bekend dat de onafhankelijke private Tsjechische spoorvervoerder RegioJet 18 wagons heeft aangekocht om haar bestaande internationale nachttreinen tussen Tsjechië en Slowakije te versterken.

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Brussels, 17th July 2019

Our vision for night trains across Europe Innovation – and not unfair direct subsidy

This week, the independent private Czech rail operator RegioJet announced that it has purchased 18 carriages in order to strengthen its existing EU cross-border night trains between the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

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Brussels & Vienna, 15th July 2019

AUSTRIA: Rail incumbent has overcharged new entrant operators for station access

For the past seven years, the Austrian rail infrastructure manager ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG has been overcharging passenger rail operators to stop at railway stations.

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Brussels & Stockholm, 17th June 2019

SWEDEN: Competition Authority calls on government to regulate online rail ticket sales – to better serve consumers

Early last year, two new rail operators reported the Swedish rail incumbent SJ to the Swedish Competition Authority for not selling them on its dominant online rail ticket sales channels, distorting transparency for consumers.

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Brussels, 23rd May 2019

EUROPE: It is time to help the environment
with faster rail market opening

With elections for the European parliament taking place the next few days, ALLRAIL’s rail operators are big supporters of the EU single market.

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Brussels, 16th May 2019

Worrying behaviour by the European Council regarding the revised EU Rail Passenger Rights Regulation COM(2017)0548

The Association of Passenger Rail New Entrants in Europe, ALLRAIL, notes with great surprise how the European Council’s new compromise text on the revised EU rail passenger rights legislation threatens to overturn many of the new amendments.

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Brussels / Rome, 8th May 2019

ITALY: 7 years of NTV-Italo Success – but only after significant regulatory challenges

Our passenger rail operator member NTV-Italo has just celebrated seven years of operations – competing against the market dominant operator Trenitalia in the Italian high-speed market. This intramodal competition has brought many benefits:

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Brussels, 30th April 2019

Rail market liberalisation in Norway – Re-branding ensures a level playing field for new entrants

In October 2018, our association ALLRAIL issued a press release welcoming the separation of the in-house sales division of Norwegian State Railways (“NSB”) from the rail operator and its consequent re-branding….


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Brüssel/Berlin, 23. April 2019

Faire Rahmenbedingungen bei Mehrwertsteuer für alle Fernlinienverkehre

Die Wettbewerbsbahnen von ALLRAIL begrüßen die Idee von Bundesverkehrsminister Andreas Scheuer, die Mehrwertsteuer in Deutschland für Tickets im Schienenpersonenfernverkehr von 19 auf 7 Prozent senken zu wollen1. Dies ist ein willkommener Schritt und kann gute Impulse für die Stärkung umweltfreundlicher Verkehre setzen.

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Brussels, 28th January 2019

Political pressure on competition policy risks undermining the single EU rail market

The rail operators that belong to ALLRAIL are alarmed to hear that politicians in powerful EU member states are putting pressure on EU competition commissioner Mrs Margrethe Vestager to approve the proposed merger of rail manufacturers Siemens and Alstom1…

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Bruxelles, 13 novembre 2018

La protection en cas de correspondance manquée est essentielle pour garantir les droits des voyageurs ferroviaires dans l’UE

Dans le cadre de la refonte du règlement sur les droits des voyageurs ferroviaires COM(2017)0548 examinée par le Parlement Européen, la Fédération Européenne des Voyageurs (EPF) et l’Association européennes des nouveaux entrants ferroviaires (ALLRAIL) passent au crible les propositions nouvelles en Europe…

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Brussels, November 13th, 2018

Mandatory missed connection protection is crucial when improving EU rail passenger rights

When it comes to the current EU rail passengers rights reform COM(2017)0548, EPF and ALLRAIL’s operator members ask if the proposals will benefit passengers and the rail sector….

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Brussels, 29th October 2018

Rail ticket reform in Norway – A role model for EU rail passenger rights


As part of its intention to grow passenger rail, Norway’s government has separated the in-house sales division of the state-owned incumbent NSB from the operator and it turned it into an entity that will show & sell ALL passenger rail operators impartially – regardless whether the incumbent or a different operator….

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Paris et Bruxelles, 9 octobre 2018

France et Espagne: une concurrence équitable pour les nouveaux services ferroviaires « low cost » à grande vitesse:

Au cours des dernières années, certains opérateurs ferroviaires nationaux ont initié des nouvelles filiales low cost à grande vitesse qui fonctionnent parallèlement à leurs trains à grande vitesse conventionnels. Ouigo de la SNCF a débuté en France en 2013, suivi de « Izy » en 2016. En 2019, Renfe lancera « Eva » en Espagne….

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Paris & Brussels, 9th October 2018

France and Spain: achieving a level playing field with the new low-cost high speed trains:

In recent years, some national rail incumbents have introduced new low-cost, high speed subsidiaries that operate alongside their regular high speed trains. SNCF’s “Ouigo” began in France in 2013, followed by “Izy” in 2016. In 2019, Renfe will launch “Eva” in Spain….

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Berlin/Brüssel, 12. September 2018

Reaktion auf den Brandbrief des DB-Vorstands: Mehr Wettbewerb auf der Schiene ist die Lösung

In den vergangenen Tagen war viel über den erstaunlichen Brandbrief des Vorstandsvorsitzenden der DB, Richard Lutz, in den Medien zu lesen. Er schreibt darin u.a.: Es gibt tiefgreifende „operative Schwächen“ bei der DB; zudem werde das bereits auf 2,1 Mrd. Euro reduzierte Ergebnisziel voraussichtlich nicht erreicht. Verspätungen und Kundenzufriedenheit im Fernverkehr haben sich verschlechtert….

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Berlin/Brussels, 13th September 2018

Germany: More competition to Deutsche Bahn is the solution and not the problem:

This past week, the general public has found out about a leaked crisis letter from executives of the German rail incumbent Deutsche Bahn (DB), stating that: Efficiency is low; even the earnings target of €2·1bn (for 2018) is at risk. Long distance delays and customer satisfaction are getting worse …

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ALLRAIL: die Schweiz soll Wettbewerb im Bahn-Fernverkehr einführen:

In den vergangenen Jahrzehnten legte das Schweizer Bundesamt für Verkehr (BAV) einige der besten Konzepte für den öffentlichen Personenverkehr in Europa vor. …

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ALLRAIL: Switzerland should introduce competition in long distance passenger rail:

For many decades, the Swiss Federal Transport Office BAV has provided some of the best long-term development concepts for public transport in Europe. …

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Polska: Integracja pionowa jest problemem, a nie rozwiązaniem

ERFA i ALLRAIL z dużym niepokojem przyjmują plany, według których dominująca polska spółka kolejowa tj. PKP S.A. ma integrować przewoźników i zarządcę infrastruktury w jednym holdingu, łącząc zarządzaniem finansami, personelem i zamówieniami. 1….



Poland: vertical integration is the problem, not the solution.

ERFA and ALLRAIL are very disappointed to hear that the Polish incumbent PKP is planning to integrate all public operators and infrastructure into one holding with joint management of finances, personnel & procurement1….

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Swedish rail incumbent SJ is repeatedly smearing
MTR Nordic as a “Chinese state company”.

ALLRAIL is disturbed to learn that senior figures at the Swedish state-owned company SJ are repeatedly smearing our member MTR Nordic….

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1st Flixtrain departs from the German capital Berlin –
powered by our member Leo Express.

The 1st Flixtrain to serve the German capital departed from Berlin for Stuttgart this afternoon….

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ALLRAIL member MTR reports Swedish rail incumbent SJ
to the Swedish Competition Authority.

ALLRAIL believes that access to ALL rail travel information should become a passenger right. ALL rail timetables & pricing options should be available at ALL ticket vendors…

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ÖBB and DB to end through tickets that involve night trains – meaning no passenger rights coverage for the entire journey – A Sign of Things To Come?

ALLRAIL is dismayed to learn from a recent article1 in the German weekly news magazine Spiegel that the Austrian and German rail incumbents (ÖBB and DB) plan to end “through tickets” in cases when ÖBB’s night trains form part of a connecting rail journey with DB…

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New rail passenger rights proposal is a backward step for the competitiveness of new entrants

ALLRAIL believes that better access to rail travel information should become a passenger right

It is crucial that passengers
(1) can see ALL rail options
(2) can book ALL rail options and
(3) have the confidence that – whatever kind of rail booking they make – they will reach their final destination even if there is a missed connection during the journey.

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ALLRAIL Press Release on Ticketing & Rail Passenger Rights

ALLRAIL think that passenger rights legislation should be updated to better reflect the changing nature and dynamics of the rail sector, particularly in the area of ticketing. The accessibility and availability of rail tickets today is outdated, undermining the quality of the rail booking experience and frustrating the growth of demand for rail services.

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ALLRAIL urges Commission to challenge Slovakia Government to comply with 4th Railway Package and encourage Above Rail competition.

ALLRAIL, the association of independent passenger and freight rail companies, asks the European Commission to take urgent action against the Slovak Government (Slovak Ministry of Transportation) and the Slovak Transport Authority, which are seeking to block a new international passenger service between Bratislava and Prague planned by the ALLRAIL member Regiojet.

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ALLRAIL welcomes the judgement of the European Court of Justice and the decision of the Dutch Regulatory Body (ACM) as two important steps forward towards a competitive rail market in Europe

ALLRAIL welcomes the judgement of the European Court of Justice and the decision of the Dutch Regulatory Body (ACM) as two important steps forward towards a competitive rail market in Europe.

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How to ensure value of money for public investments in rail?

ALLRAIL, the Alliance of Rail New Entrants, believes that any public financing of public service rail contracts (PSOs) in Europe should benefit the passenger, taxpayer and the rail sector as a whole. In 2016 the European Commission stated that any resources used from an EU-financing program to fund passenger rolling stock have to be invested in the most reasonable manner and must have an overall positive impact both on the competitiveness and the development of the sector.

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Locomore’s financial difficulties: an unwelcome reminder of the difficult climate for rail new entrants

As the new German start-up Locomore declares insolvency, ALLRAIL, the Alliance of Rail New Entrants, highlights the crippling cost challenges and entry barriers for rail, limiting the growth of eco-friendly rail transport.

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Founding of ALLRAIL, the Alliance of Rail New Entrants

Alliance of Rail New Entrants (ALLRAIL), Europe’s new rail association, bringing together non-incumbent companies from the freight and passenger rail market, has been established in Brussels.

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