Switzerland promotes cross-border rail traffic
For the Swiss Federal Council it is essential to ensure that cross-border rail traffic runs as smoothly as possible. It has therefore decided to adopt the so-called technical pillar of the fourth European railway package, which provides for unified procedures across Europe and thus reduces the costs for railways and manufacturers of rolling stock operating in international transport networks.
In a first step, the Federal Council has now implemented the relevant modifications of its railway regulations. To complete the process, a decision of the Swiss-EU joint committee on the land transport agreement is required.
With these measures, Switzerland intends to provide greater incentives for the shift of transalpine freight traffic from the roads to the railways. (ben)