Rail transport

Rail transport

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Rail transport

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These categories group together and put in context the legislative and non-legislative initiatives which deal with the same topic.

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Rail transport

Due to its safety and respect for the environment, the European rail network has many advantages. Designed for national purposes, rail networks must adapt to the reality of the single market. Trains and their passengers must be able to cross borders freely within an integrated area. In order to do this, the European Union is improving the interoperability of networks by stimulating investment in infrastructures. The Union is also implementing policy to harmonise passengers’ rights and working conditions, within the context of the internal market.

BODIES AND OBJECTIVES

INFRASTRUCTURE AND INTEROPERABILITY

  • Rail infrastructure: multi-annual contracts
  • Allocation of railway infrastructure capacity and charging for the use of infrastructure
  • Interoperability of the rail system within the EU
  • Interoperability of the conventional rail system
  • Interoperability of the trans-European high-speed rail system
  • Interoperability of the trans-European rail system
  • Deployment of the rail signalling system ERTMS/ETCS
  • For a European standard for the approval of locomotives

INTERNAL MARKET, FREIGHT AND PASSENGER RIGHTS

EMPLOYMENT AND WORKING CONDITIONS

RAIL SAFETY

  • Railway safety
  • Inland transport of dangerous goods
  • Rail safety: transport of dangerous goods by rail

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