According to the European Commission’s forecasts, mobility will increase rapidly in the coming decades thanks to a growing economy. European land transport is an important economic sector, not to say the economic engine par excellence. According to current estimates, freight transport will increase by 60% by 2050 - with a high affinity for the road The EU’s goal is to increase the share of the freight transport market for rail transport throughout Europe to 30% - i.e. to the high modal share that the Rail Cargo Group has already been achieving in Austria for years. Rail and road should no longer be an issue. The challenge is to offer secure, efficient and reliable end-to-end logistics solutions. As one of the leading rail logistics companies, we have also emphatically defined our demands to the EU with the following four points. After all, the aim should be to set completely new standards in terms of quality, reliability and flexibility:
- The basis is and remains to offer railway products of the highest quality at a healthy price-performance ratio.
- Freight transport by rail must be just as easy as the transport of goods by road: standardised legal, technical and operational requirements for infrastructure facilities, train protection and signalling systems as well as energy supply must be created at international level. With the aim of making rail freight transport not only considerably more efficient and faster but above all more attractive and thus more competitive.
- Increasing mobility is inevitably associated with considerable stress - and not only on an ecological level but also because roads congested with lorries pose a major threat to economic development. The clear message here: shifting freight transport from road to rail.
- Significant changes are taking place along the logistics chain with regard to automation. The road is not only determining customers’ expectations regarding price, speed and flexibility but also turning the entire logistics industry upside down. The rail sector is called upon to move forward at the same pace – for example with the use of intelligent systems such as sensors and telematics on the wagons, semi-automated train preparation or automated brake testing. Developments that will enable us to revolutionise freight transport today.