EUROPEAN RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGERS

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  • EIM Position Paper on ERTMS/FRMCS Migration Strategy

    18-07-19

    The railway community is since 2015 working on the standardisation of FRMCS. The development of the future radio system is one of the “game changers” identified in the ERTMS Longer Term Perspective document of ERA. The Control Command System Technical Specification for Interoperability (TSI CCS) will incorporate FRMCS as the successor of GSM-R as the radio system to be used for train-to-track voice communications and for ETCS data communication, also supporting new railway functionalities such as ATO. The work on functional requirements, specifications and standards as well as harmonised spectrum solutions is taking place and is carried out by UIC. The objective is to update the TSI in 2022 with a full description of the standard.

    EIM Position Paper on ERTMS/FRMCS Migration Strategy
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  • EIM Position Paper on Noise Differentiated Track Access Charges

    05-04-19

    EIM- European Rail Infrastructure Managers- welcomes the evaluation of the implementation of the Regulation and acknowledges that tackling the issue at source would be the most efficient way forward and could help saving significant resources for the infrastructures while contributing to the modal shift and rail freight competitiveness.

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  • CEDR-EIM Joint Position Paper on Financing Infrastructure upgrading & renewals and common definitions

    01-04-19

    Ageing infrastructure is a major challenge and concern in Europe. The European cities are some of the oldest on the planet- many roads and railway lines were designed and built in the 19th century, much of the upgrading of the network took place during the 1960s and 1970s and many of the critical sections are currently at the end of their life cycle with a number beyond their initial lifetime expectations. The Infrastructure Managers of CEDR and EIM are committed in renewing, upgrading and maintaining existing infrastructure in order to maintain high levels of safety and high-quality services and to have seamless connections with newly-built infrastructure. Renewing and upgrading the infrastructure will bring significant gains in terms of performance, safety, interoperability, capacity increase and positive effects to the environment.

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  • EIM Position Paper on PSI Directive

    03-12-18

    On the 25th of April 2018, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a revision of the so-called ‘Public-Service-Information Directive (PSI-Directive)’ on the re-use of public sector information. The European Rail Infrastructure Managers (‘EIM’) are aware of the important role of data in nowadays society and are also willing to contribute towards the goal of creating a ‘digital economy’. Many members of EIM already operate online ‘data-platforms’ which are mostly free of charge and easily accessible, offering a wealth of data and information to rail end users. However, EIM shares some concerns regarding the scope of the Directive and the lack of added value of the Directive (especially vis-à-vis the already existing Directive on Intelligent Transport Systems). EIM also argues that the notion of ‘public works’ should be omitted from the scope of the ‘high value data sets’ because the obligations are not sufficiently clearly defined.

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  • EU Strategy for long-term greenhouse gas emissions reductions – The crucial role of rail

    29-11-18

    The EU has been at the forefront of international efforts towards the Paris climate agreement and took legislative steps to implement its target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030. On 28th November 2018, the European Commission has published a Communication on the long-term strategy for GHG emissions reduction ahead of the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties, taking place in Katowice in December 2018. Transport emissions are the main obstacle in delivering the EU’s climate objectives. Decarbonisation of the transport sector remains both a challenge and an opportunity for the greenhouse gases reduction policy. Rail is the only mode reducing its emissions and thanks to energy-efficient zero carbon railways there can be more transport activity with lower and lower emissions in Europe.

    EU Strategy for long-term greenhouse gas emissions reductions – The crucial role of rail
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  • Update - EIM Position Paper on Rail Passengers' Rights and Obligations

    02-10-18

    EIM proposes a clear reference to the ‘data relating to train movements within the meaning of Annex II’ that is to be provided on a non-discriminatory basis to railway undertakings and ticket-vendors. EIM believes this achieves the intended purpose of including paragraph 4 of article 9 in the recast, which is to clarify the data to be made available by Infrastructure Managers to Railway Undertakings.

    Update - EIM Position Paper on Rail Passengers' Rights and Obligations
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  • GRB Position Paper on Route Compatibility Checks

    19-07-18

    The GRB published a position paper on the general principles for the route compatibility check (RCC) before the use of authorised vehicles as outlined in Article 23 of the Interoperability Directive (EU) 2016/797

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  • COR SMD – A European safety database

    17-07-18

    CER, EIM and UIC support a form of enhanced safety management data capture at European level, underlining that we fully believe exchanging safety related data on European level is beneficial for the European railway sector and its stakeholders. CER, EIM and UIC believe that the exchange of appropriate safety related data brings added value to all parties in the sector.

    COR SMD – A European safety database
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  • GRB-SFR Sector Vision for the Future of Reference Standards

    13-07-18

    The Group of Representative Bodies (GRB) and the CEN/CENELEC/ETSI Sector Forum Rail (SFR) published a position paper to set out the railway sector’s vision for how referenced standards within the Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSIs) should be managed in the future.

    GRB-SFR Sector Vision for the Future of Reference Standards
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  • EIM-CER Position Paper on MFF

    08-02-18

    EIM and CER jointly published a Position Paper on MFF - A Sufficient EU Budget for the best Rail System in Europe

    EIM-CER Position Paper on MFF
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