The eight associations of the German railway industry have presented three joint political focal demands for the federal election and the next legislative period today. Together with the political decision-makers in the federal government and the federal states they want to support the introduction of the cyclic schedule in Germany, the halving of the rail toll and the promotion of innovations in the rail transport within the next years.
The railway sector wants to face up the competition of the transport carriers confidently by achievements, quality and innovations and clearly improve its market share. To be able to do this the representatives of the sector demand purposeful and consistent decisions for the ecologically and economically efficient transport on the rail from the politicians. The rail transport needs fair framework conditions in the competition with other carriers, a sufficient funding of the railway system and a sustainable political commitment for research and development.
The global climate- and eco-political challenges require a consistent policy in the transformation of the transport. Germany has rightly bound itself to fulfil these challenges by the climate protection plan of the federal government for which quick and clear political actions in favour of an efficient and environmentally-friendly rail transport are imperative. Therefore, the introduction of the cyclic schedule in Germany is necessary to attract more customers; halving the rail toll is required for the fair competition and in view of the increasing digitalisation in the field of mobility investments have to be supported.
The eight associations have summarised their focal demands in a joint declaration and will discuss them with the politicians. The brochure 'Mobility and climate protection: Germany needs a firm policy for more rail transport' (only available in German language) can be received from the above associations and is available for downloading here.