Measures to improve domestic rail passenger services by opening up public service contracts to more competition, giving operators fairer access to infrastructure and harmonizing safety certification to improve interoperability and get innovative new rolling stock on the rails faster were approved in the Transport and Tourism Committee on Tuesday.
The new rules aim to ensure that public service contracts deliver the best possible value for money, by restricting their size and ensuring that they cannot be granted directly without justification. They would also ease market entry for new rail service operators, by giving them fairer access to infrastructure. Finally, the rules would simplify procedures for certifying the safety of new rolling stock and gradually transfer certification responsibilities to a European Railway Agency.
Public service contracts
Infrastructure managers and operators
Transport MEPs approved the reports and gave the mandates to the Parliament negotiating team with a view to starting negotiations with the Council.
Procedure: Co-decision, first reading