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Welcome to the newsletter of the European Rail Congress, a two day industry Summit and annual Rail Awards ceremony. Our monthly newsletters will keep you informed with everything you need to know about the Event. They will also include insightful commentary and analysis on topical issues from key players across the European rail market.




Judges of the new European Rail Congress Awards are encouraging operators, suppliers and managers in the European rail sector to submit their entries for the 19 different award categories.

Chair of the Awards judging panel, Brian Simpson MEP, who is also Chair of the European Parliament's Transport Committee, said: "We are looking forward to seeing evidence of excellence and innovation across a wide spectrum of railway professionalism on the European rail network. Winners of these prestigious awards will truly be representing best practice in the European rail sector, especially given it will be the views and opinions of highly regarded peers that determine the award winners."

To make an entry for any of the 19 award categories, submit your evidence online at by the 19 April 2013. You can also find advice about how to form your entry on the website.

Other members of the judging panel include EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas as well as the following members of the European Parliament's Transport Committee: Dominique Riquet MEP, Said El Khadraoui MEP, Ines Ayala Sender MEP and Debora Serracchiani MEP.

Supporting the judging panel is an advisory technical panel chaired by Matthias Ruete, Director-General, European Commission, DG MOVE with advisers in a personal capacity Libor Lochman and Philippe Citroen; and advisers in an official capacity from the European Passenger Federation (EPF) European Rail Freight Association (ERFA) European Rail Infrastructure Managers (EIM) European Railway Agency (ERA).


Entrants can make their submissions online to the 19 different award categories.

Deadline for entries:
19 April 2013

Entries are welcome from both EU
and non-EU European countries.

Award winners will be announced at
the inaugural 2013 Awards ceremony
in London on 12 November 2013.




The European Rail Congress is proud to announce High Speed 1 and Network Rail as our new headline sponsors to support this exciting new venture.

High Speed 1 is the railway between St Pancras in London and the Channel Tunnel and connects with the international high speed routes between London and Paris, and London and Brussels. HS1 Ltd holds the concession from government to operate, manage and maintain the high-speed railway infrastructure until December 2040. HS1 Ltd is also the owner of the stations along the route.

Network Rail is the not for dividend owner and operator of Britain's railway infrastructure, which includes the tracks, signals, tunnels, bridges, viaducts, level crossings and stations - the largest of which it also manages. It aims to provide a safe, reliable and efficient rail infrastructure for freight and passenger trains to use.

We are also delighted to have on board as sponsors, Bombardier, one of the global leaders in rail technology with 62 production and engineering sites as well as 18 service centres in 26 countries and Thales, a French multinational company and world leader in advanced rail technology & equipment, providing rail signalling, communications and security solutions for transport authorities and operators.

If you would like to get involved with sponsoring these exciting and prestigious new Awards, then get in touch with Isabel Poulton, [email protected] or call +44 (0)1236 739577.




Cities today face diverse challenges deriving from mega trends like urbanization and population growth, CO2 emission, congestion and high real estate value with limited land availability.

We all love cities. As the lively hubs of commerce and culture, cities naturally attract people. Today's statistics show that already around 50% of the world's population lives in, or around a city. By 2050, this proportion could reach around 70%. The implications for mobility are profound if we want to have cities where we can live and people's transport behaviour is driven by convenience - the convenience of easily accessible, time efficient, affordable, safe and green transport door-to-door. Transit systems are the most efficient and environmentally-friendly way to transport thousands of people quickly, comfortably and directly to their destinations.

CO2 emissions contribute significantly to climate change. The public has recognized this and many countries and cities have committed to meet certain CO2 reduction targets. Rail transportation has existed as a form of electric mobility for more than 100 years and produces significantly lower CO2 emissions than other modes of motorized transport. In Europe, rail contributes only 0.6% of CO2 emission while providing 8% of passenger and 17 of freight transport. In contrast, non-electric automotive transport accounted for 71% of CO2 emissions*. READ MORE...

Attributed to Dagmar Blume, Senior Director, Strategy and Sales Governance, Systems division, Bombardier Transportation


Louise Ellman

Louise Ellman MP is Chair of UK
House of Commons Transport
Select Committee and MP for the
UK Labour Party


The UK Transport Select Committee is asking how effective EU policy on separating rail operators and infrastructure providers has been and whether promotion of competition has come at the expense of social benefits.

The debate about the future of the railway has been dominated recently by Sir Roy McNulty's study of the value for money in the industry. He concluded that there was a 40% efficiency gap between the UK railway and four European comparators - France, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland. He identified scope for both Network Rail and train operating companies to make savings, suggesting that a 30% reduction in cost per passenger kilometre could be achieved by 2018 / 19. READ MORE...


Nicola Shaw, CEO, HS1 Ltd writes for the next ERC Newsletter
Details of the 2013 two-day Rail Summit

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