EU Policy and Engagement Group

Chair: Garry White (Network Rail)
RDG Lead: Laura Wright

Purpose

The purpose of EU strategy is to mitigate the risks and maximise the opportunities arising from European policy, legislation and collaboration. We aim to maintain and enhance RDG’s reputation with all those engaged in the EU public policy and regulatory process.

In particular, we support the opportunities for Europe to move towards a more liberalised sector where rail can grow its market share, deliver value and improve services for passenger and freight customers alike.

We believe that the experience of liberalisation of our rail industry in the 1990s and the subsequent increases in rail freight and passenger journeys can inform this debate.

We welcome the opportunity to share our experience so that others in Europe can benefit. For these reasons we have been a strong supporter of the principles behind the 4th Railway Package, which seeks to further liberalise the European rail market.

In addition, there are also European regulatory and policy initiatives that can have negative impacts on our railway. That's why we closely monitor developments on a wide variety of issues to seek to ensure the best outcome for passengers and freight companies. For example, we have sought to moderate some of the 4th Rail Package proposals to ensure we can continue with our efficient procedures and working practices.

Other topics include European Union rules on access charges, passenger rights, accessibility requirements for people of reduced mobility, technical interoperability standards and access to transport information.

Outputs

Press release 8 October 2015: RDG responds to EU agreement on 4th Railway Package

The slideset below was put together for an EU rail summit in August 2015. It dispels some urban myths and contains a lot of useful EU comparison data.

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