The Commission has adopted rules to create fair conditions for new train services making better use of the available rail infrastructure. Throughout the EU, rail service markets are characterised by dominant operators, which in some cases have close ties with infrastructure managers. Railway undertakings can block infrastructure for many years by way of framework agreements with infrastructure managers. In such a situation, the new rules will give better chances to operators that provide new services to get access to particular important lines thereby creating new opportunities for employment and investment. In consequence, this will render the rail market more competitive allowing business to better adapt to the changing needs of shippers and passengers.
Source: European Commission