Rail transport is a key enabler of our European economy and currently the most-sustainable mode of transport with a high level of safety. After many weeks of confinement measures in response to the COVID-19 crisis, it is now essential to ensure that transport services and connectivity are progressively restored, optimally safeguarding the health and safety of passengers, transport workers and staff, and to re-establish trust in rail services.
As the situation varies in each Member State and anticipating eventual temporary or local measures in case of further ‘waves’ of COVID-19, the Agency has created this COVID-19 information platform to support the sector in its efforts. Conceived as a flexible information point which is continuously updated, it should facilitate the international exchange of COVID-19 relevant information, experiences and best practices in the European transport sector and beyond.
Can we help you? For specific questions or expert advice, please write to COVID RAIL
The European Commission’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic prioritises keeping citizens healthy. This includes keeping essential transport moving, for example to transport medical supplies and other essential goods.
COVID-19 Guidelines on the progressive restoration of transport services and connectivity, published 13.05.2020, articles 53-56.
“For passenger transport to resume, it will be important to assure passengers that taking collective transport is safe. Measures need to be well communicated, visible and effective. Especially for international rail services, measures need to be coordinated among Member States and operators in order to be effective. The rail sector associations and worker organisations are working towards common rules.
Given the high number of passengers transported daily, and the number of stations served, compliance with the general rules for safe behaviour to protect public health, in particular adequate distancing, also depends on the diligence and sense of responsibility of each passenger. Random controls should ensure a good level of compliance.
As railways have continued to function throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, there is already a number of measures in place that can be retained and adapted where necessary:
For specific enquiries or questions, please write to: EU-COVID TRANSPORT
Based on its relevant expertise with railway operations and with Common Safety Methods, as well as its extensive network of communication channels (with authorities, operators, and manufacturers), the Agency has organized an Information Platform based on the existing Networks for respectively NSAs and Representative Bodies to facilitate and promote the sharing of best practices.
You’ll find here dedicated COVID-19 information bulletins for your reference. Drafted and validated by experts from ERA and from other organisations they provide advice that is not legally binding or mandatory.
|Organisation||COVID-19 sources of information|
|EASA||European Union Aviation Safety Agency
Eventually add here some text or pdf’s if relevant, same for each organisation
|EMSA||European Maritime Safety Agency
|SHIFT2RAIL||Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking
|UIC||Information bulletins: https://uic.org/covid-19/|
Any information given on this webpage are taking into account our current knowledge about the COVID-19 pandemic. We will update the information when necessary. Even though we did the utmost to carefully verify all information, accuracy cannot be guaranteed and ERA cannot be held liable for possible errors on this webpage. If you judge any information is incorrect or incomplete please give us your feedback by writing to COVID-RAIL. We will check it and share the information with the sector and other authorities to the benefit of all.