Facts and figures

  • Working conditions of rail mobile workers in international services

    Thursday, 23 November 2017

    EU-wide minimum standards on working time apply to rail cross-border mobile workers. 

    In the context of the increasing importance and steady development of international rail transport, these minimum standards:

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  • Road charging / Revising the Eurovignette Directive

    Wednesday, 27 September 2017

    Railways pay distance-based charges everywhere in the EU (100% tolling by EU law), covering at least the direct cost of infrastructure use, plus often a mark-up. By contrast, even for major roads (motorways and other main roads), charges (vignettes or tolls) are currently only applied to trucks...

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  • Radio spectrum for rail

    Friday, 9 June 2017

    Dedicated railway communications networks are used throughout Europe contributing to the transportation, security and safety of about 9 billion passengers in Europe every year. This CER Fact Sheet illustrates why rail needs its own frequency bands to safely transport passengers and goods across...

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  • Reducing rail freight noise

    Thursday, 4 May 2017

    Rail freight noise is the last remaining environmental challenge for the European rail sector.

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  • EU ETS reform

    Thursday, 29 September 2016

    The Emission Trading System (ETS) - the world's first and largest GHG trading system - is currently being revised with the aim of delivering a GHG reduction of at least 40% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.

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  • Rail infrastructure quality and performance in 2013

    Monday, 4 July 2016

    Based on a survey conducted by CER among its infrastructure companies, this fact sheet aims to present the performance of Europe’s infrastructure companies in 2013 compared to 2012, including important quantity, quality and financial indicators. CER intends to continue the survey on an annual...

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  • Tackling rail freight noise

    Tuesday, 14 June 2016

    Rail transport has a negligible impact on the environment. Nevertheless, one remaining environmental challenge for the European rail sector is noise.

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  • Broad-gauge infrastructure in northern & eastern Europe

    Wednesday, 15 April 2015

    The majority of the trans-European railway network was built with 1.435 mm track gauge. Due to historical reasons and in particular the vicinity to Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, some European railway networks differ in terms of technical parameters and operational aspects.

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  • The Transport White Paper targets: rail contribution

    Wednesday, 18 March 2015

    The Transport White Paper, adopted by the European Commission in March 2011, provided a comprehensive strategy and vision for tomorrow’s transport in Europe. For its mid-term review by the Commission, CER reiterates that:

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  • Rail ticketing - State of play, lifecycle and future trends

    Monday, 2 February 2015

    The rail sector is keen to embrace technological and societal changes in order to meet the needs and expectations of its passengers. The last five years have been marked by a shift towards electronic and virtual tickets and increasingly personalised offers, and this is set to continue.

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