Suburban and Regional Railway Landscape in Europe

ERRAC study : Suburban and Regional Railway Landscape in Europe

Brussels, Belgium – Through the elaboration of the three railway packages, cross-border transport by train has been very much in the front of European Affairs over the past decades, starting from International High Speed and Freight rail and later extended to Conventional Rail networks. However, in spite of the impact of the railway packages on Suburban and Regional railway transport, the reality of this sector has never really been described in depth.

The ambition of this publication is to provide a reliable overview of what the sector represents. Who are the actors, what is their contribution to economy, mobility and urban and regional development. UITP, in the frame of the European Rail Research Advisory Group (ERRAC) conducted an investigation in 29 European countries. This publication sheds new light on the whole sector that represents:

  • 220 companies
  • 360 000 staff members
  • 21,7 billion turnover per year
  • More than 6,8 billion passengers a year

This study illustrates that far from being anecdotic, regional and suburban railway transport are at the heart of the railway industry. So far, the European Union institutions have focussed their legislation on transportation which has resulted in the adoption of technical specifications that, if extended in scope, might hamper regional and local traffic with very limited benefits or possibly negative impact for them. This study radically changes the perspective on the whole sector and on the most efficient way to implement future legislation.

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The International Association of Public Transport (UITP) is the international organisation for public transport authorities and operators, policy decision-makers, scientific institutes and the public transport supply and service industry. It is a platform for worldwide co-operation and the sharing of know-how between its 2,700 members from some 90 countries

ERRAC, the European Rail Research Advisory Council was set up in 2001 in order to establish a single European body to help revitalise the European rail sector and make it more competitive, by fostering increased innovation and guiding research efforts at European level. The ERRAC Strategic Rail Research Agenda (SRRA) paves the way for new innovative forms of collaboration, and has been one of the pioneers for the “technology platforms”.