Rail Freight Day 2018
At 6 December, the Rail Freight Day once again focused on progress and challenges in European rail freight traffic in the Vienna Stock Exchange. For the fifth time, high-ranking representatives from politics and the railway sector met for one day to jointly set the course for more freight traffic on rail.
Under the auspices of the Austrian Presidency of the EU Council, the Rail Freight Day started with an opening speech by Norbert Hofer, Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology. Afterwards, numerous representatives of European freight railways and politics used the platform to illuminate relevant rail logistics topics.
The focus was, for example, on the provision of high-quality capacities and the removal of technical obstacles to rail freight transport as well as the strengthening of rail freight transport in a multimodal transport system. In his presentation, RCG CEO Clemens Först discussed how the competitiveness of rail freight transport can be improved in a challenging environment and that the Rail Freight Forward initiative plays a decisive role in this: A large number of freight railways have joined forces to develop a joint strategy and increase the share of rail in the European freight transport market to 30 percent. The great challenge for the railways is to keep up with the speed of innovation on the road. There, new technologies such as platooning and autonomous driving will significantly reduce costs. This makes it all the more important to create uniform cross-border conditions for rail freight transport and thus to promote interoperability.
The Rail Freight Day is held annually in Vienna at the end of November or beginning of December. The event is organised by the European Commission and RailNetEurope and is primarily used by the Austrian Presidency of the Council as an opportunity to promote initiatives to improve international rail freight transport.
More information about 30 by 2030 you can find here: railfreightforward.eu