European Railway Agency - ERA

Moving Europe towards a sustainable
and safe railway system without frontiers.

Vision for the target rail system

Why is a vision for the target railway system needed?

To have a more efficient and effective functioning of the railway system, including its evolution, a comprehensive inventory of the basic features of the framework is necessary.

A common single vision for the target railway system would serve as a generic guidance for the various initiatives under development to achieve a sustainable transport system.

This framework will allow to:

  • Enhance technical and operational harmonisation;
  • Ensure multimodal integration;
  • Optimise railway transport system with regard to wider economy, and
  • Accommodate and incorporate research & innovation.