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The main objective of the Task Force is to bring together the previously separate strands of transport policy, industrial policy and research. This will provide a focal point for all the major interests (ie railway and infrastructure operators, supplying industry, trade unions and railway users at large). Technological development will then be able to contribute effectively to the renaissance of Europe's railway systems in the 21st century. Radical change in the railway industry is being driven by: the evolution in the transport market resulting from the globalization of the economy; the increasing deregulation of the market; competition based on customer service; the increasing need for harmonisation to permit a trans-European rail network; the need to ensure long-term operational profitability. Managing the future has become an imperative for the railway industry at large. To pursue business strategies based on past traditions will be to live on borrowed time. Structural and cultural changes are therefore required within the railway sector. These changes demand innovative approaches to business and services, consistent with a competitive, market driven posture in the overall transport market.

Additional information

Authors: CEC, CEC Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Information brochure: EN (1996) 11pp., free of charge
Availability: Available from the Trains and Railway Systems of the Future Task Force, European Commission, Mr M Dudding, 200 rue de la Loi, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE)
Record Number: 199630016 / Last updated on: 1996-03-18
Original language: en
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