European Rail Freight Day

  • European Rail Freight Day

  • From crisis to resumption ?


    2016 has been a partcicularly hard year. The 2017 ERFD begins with the analysis of the results of traffic and the barometer of the shippers to examine the innovation levers and actions likely to reverse the trend.


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  • Morning: traffic conditions and structural efforts

    9h30-10h45 - The rail freight market stall in 2016: a blip or is decline back?

    Last year’s rail freight activity was marked by the spring strike in France and poor cereal harvests. Are these enough to explain the reduction in traffic? Using the figures and indicators currently available, rail freight players and observers will debate operating conditions, the economic context and modal competition.

    with the presentation of the annual Rail Freight Barometer by Eurogroup.

    11h00-12h30 - Rail in action

    Despite difficult economic conditions, the rail freight sector is in the process of significant reform. This debate will first assess the expected consequences of the new role of the regions and the performance contract between the French government and SNCF Réseau. Participants will also examine the actions undertaken to improve organisation of traffic and efficiency of the logistics chain, ranging from securing slots and rationalising means of production to pooling requirements, and the efforts made by ports to promote long-distance traffic.

  • Afternoon: What are the levers of innovation to meet the shippers' strategies?

    14h00-14h40 - International: development of new rail routes

    Rail is especially useful for long distance transport and crossing natural barriers. As inter-continental transport is growing on a global scale, how can rail make use of its advantages with respect to air and sea? Journey time, transport costs, environmental impact, etc. Two routes will be looked at in particular: from China and Russia to Western Europe, and connections to Turkey. How do corridors improve operating conditions? How can we further improve their reliability?


    14h50-15h30 - Environment: improve promotion of the advantages of rail

    The priority given to policies to improve carbon accounting, which have developed since COP21 in December 2015, could breathe new life into rail traffic. However, this depends on several conditions such as easing route congestion, reducing noise pollution and modernising rolling stock. In particular, the instruments available (such as the “white certificate” energy efficiency credits) could be developed and made easier for clients to use. This session will give a better understanding of the relevant issues.


    15h40-16h40 - Computerisation: the great leap forward

    There are a myriad of questions around digital innovation, which is set to streamline various stages of rail production. Which new players and which technologies? How can day-to-day operations be improved? How do we choose the best tools for simplifying working life by helping with receiving client requests, monitoring service provision, and integrated invoicing? Should a common technology standard be agreed?
    Special focus on improving quality of service, including real-time traffic monitoring, power of IoT, interactive communication etc.


    16h50-17h30 - Flow pooling and consolidation

    The purpose of efforts to modernise tools and processes is always to rationalise the means of production and improve the competitiveness of transport offers. Throughout this session, examples will be given of completed projects for both shippers and forwarding agents. How should rail businesses position themselves to promote or adapt to consolidation? How can forwarding agents contribute to convincing shippers to go for multi-modal solutions?

     Click here to consult the conferences programme of the day


SITL Paris


14-16 March 2017
Paris• France



14-16 March 2017
Paris • France

Transport Next Generation


14-16 March 2017
Paris• France

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