Deutsche Bahn and SNCF fear a hasty decision

Rüdiger Grube, CEO of Deutsche Bahn (DB), has asked the European Commission to present a detailed analysis of the benefits that would result from further separation of railway infrastructure managers from transport operators. Deutsche Bahn, part of a holding company to which the manager of the German network also belongs, is concerned that the Commission will present proposals imposing a reorganisation of the German model as part of the fourth railway package due by the end of the year. “We do not want a hasty decision based on a dogmatic approach,” he said, on 15 October. Grube urged the Commission to be “honest enough to postpone the decision” if a thorough cost-benefits analysis cannot be presented.

Grube spoke at a press conference accompanied by Sophie Boissard, head of business strategy and development at the SNCF Group (French railway). The two are on the same wavelength. “The coming legislative framework will shape the future of rail in Europe for the coming decades. So it is important not to make a mistake,” she commented. “We have the feeling today that choices are not being made with sufficient documentation. We do not understand why we still do not have an impact study.”

Concerning such documentation, the SNCF and DB presented the Commission with a new study that analyses the structures of the main railway undertakings outside Europe.

Drawn up by Roland Berger Consultants the study analyses rail structures in the United States, Canada, Japan, Russia and China, ie “80% of global freight transport by rail and 50% of passenger traffic”.

Source : Europolitics

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