European Rail Congress  

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.

Brian Simpson  

"I am delighted to see so many from the European rail sector have put themselves forward for these Awards. With over 300 entries received, it is a measure of the expertise, innovation and success that exists right across the continent. It is also a reflection of the pride and ambition of those working in the sector, providing safe, green and efficient transport for millions of people while supporting local and national economies. I look forward to announcing the winners of these Awards in November to reward best practice on Europe's railways and to further raise the profile of rail's important social, economic and environmental contributions."

Brian Simpson MEP, Chair of European Parliament Transport & Tourism Committee and Chair of European Rail Congress Awards Judging Panel




Over 300 of you entered the first ever Awards of the European Rail Congress!

We all know that rail has the capability to play a key role in any sustainable transport system by offering efficient, safe transport with low environmental impact, and these strengths need to be articulated in the political decision-making process as well as promoted in society. Through further raising the profile of examples of best practice across Europe, the European Rail Congress Awards aims to help influence the wider perception of rail.

We have received high quality submissions from right across the European continent:

Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the UK.

Our Technical Advisory Panel is currently considering your entries and will advise our Judging Panel on a recommended short-list for each of the 20 award categories.





The programme for the 2013 Summit of the European Rail Congress is starting to take shape so put the date in your planners now.

This year the 2013 Congress is being held in London across 12 and 13 November 2013, before moving over to mainland Europe next year.

It will bring together the European railway industry to discuss and debate the important developments that will determine the future of the sector. Europe’s railways face a challenge to fulfil their potential against a backdrop of economic uncertainty and fiscal restraint. Rail must continue to articulate its wider role in economic growth and competitiveness so that it is able to positively influence the political decision-making process and secure sustainable funding. It is also facing widespread change through the European Commission’s Fourth Railway Package aimed at opening up the rail transport market to competition; improving the interoperability and safety of national networks; and reforming rail transport infrastructure management. Passenger and freight growth need to be boosted while industry costs need to be reduced and efficiency improved.

Click here to view a full draft of the programme or visit our website



We are delighted to have on-board as confirmed so far:

Rt Hon Patrick Mcloughlin MP, UK Secretary of State for Transport
David Martin, Chief Executive, Arriva;
Vladimir Yakunin, President, Russian Railways;
Matthias Ruete, Director-General, European Commission, DG MOVE
Marcel Verslype, Executive Director, European Railway Agency;
Keir Fitch, Deputy head of cabinet of Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of transport
Trevor Garrod, Chairman, European Passenger Federation
Mike Brown, Managing Director London Underground & London Rail;
Paul Plummer, Group Strategy Director, Network Rail


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