Institution of Mechanical Engineers IMechE

Creating a single European transport area: rail perspectives and challenges

08 October 2012

Transport is undoubtedly fundamental to the European economy and society. Mobility of the population is vital for the internal market and for the quality of life; transport of goods enables economic growth and job creation.

The European Commission White paper Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area; Towards a competitive and resource efficient transport system; sets ambitious targets aiming at greater use of public transport for passengers and, for freight, developing multimodal solutions relying on waterborne and rail modes for long-hauls.

A creation of so called Single European Railway Area must in the first place include the abolishment of technical, administrative and legal obstacles which still impede entry to national railway markets. Moreover considerable investment will be needed to expand or to upgrade the capacity of the rail network. New generation of energy efficient and low noise rolling stock should gradually be introduced.

The targets are high, indeed. So are we on a track to get there? What lessons we have learned from the implementation of current regulatory framework? Can we expect robust investment programs focused on rail? Is the industry ready to contribute and support the upcoming provisions of the 4 rail package?

The lecture gives facts and figures about the European rail business. It provides some insight in the Union rail market challenges, from non-discriminatory access to infrastructure and services, through corridor management and competition between railway undertakings to the harmonisation of certification and authorisation processes.

Presented by Dr Libor Lochman, Executive Director Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) AISBL
Dr Libor Lochman, graduated at the Transport University in Žilina and obtained a doctorate in electronics at the West-Bohemian University Plzen.

His professional background is signalling; he has been involved in various stages of the ERTMS specification drafting since 1992, and since 2005 has been coordinating the ERTMS Corridor E. Between 2000 and 2005 he acted as a manager of the Railway Test Centre in Prague & a facility for testing rolling stock, infrastructure and signalling components. Since 2007 Dr Lochman has been acting as the Deputy Executive Director of CER (Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies) and leader of technical and environment affairs; as such responsible for management of all activities related to the European Railway Agency (ERA). On the 1st of January 2012, Libor became the Executive Director of CER.

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Creating a single European transport area

: Presented by Dr Libor Lochman, Executive Director Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) AISBL

Dr Libor Lochman, graduated at the Transport University in Žilina and obtained a doctorate in electronics at the West-Bohemian University Plzen.

His professional background is signalling; he has been involved in various stages of the ERTMS specification drafting since 1992, and since 2005 has been coordinating the ERTMS Corridor E. Between 2000 and 2005 he acted as a manager of the Railway Test Centre in Prague – a facility for testing rolling stock, infrastructure and signalling components. Since 2007 Dr Lochman has been acting as the Deputy Executive Director of CER (Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies) and leader of technical and environment affairs; as such responsible for management of all activities related to the European Railway Agency (ERA). On the 1st of January 2012, Libor became the Executive Director of CER.

Duration: 1:00