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Parliamentary questions
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26 February 2015
E-002938-15
Question for written answer E-002938-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Marie-Christine Arnautu (NI) , Bruno Gollnisch (NI)

 Subject:  Opening up to competition and the issue of transport security
 Answer in writing 

In the UK, following liberalisation of the rail network, problems have arisen relating to cooperation between 25 different operators on the same network, leading to a series of fatal accidents.

Similarly in Spain, many serious accidents have occurred due to a lack of investment in rolling stock and a lack of consistency in signalling and safety systems.

Following the split of the National Railway Company of Belgium into an infrastructure manager and the new operator SNCB, the disaster at Buizingen has demonstrated that liberalisation leads to reduced effectiveness in safety management.

How does the Commission plan to prevent privatisation of the rail network from leading to a reduction in maintenance efforts that could put rail users' lives in danger?

Original language of question: FR 
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