VPI: 25 % market share for railway freight traffic needs quick acting

Karel Novak, Published on 13/01/2023
VPI: 25 % market share for railway freight traffic needs quick acting
@vpihamburg.de

Modernizing infrastructure, introducing ETCS and Digital Automatic Coupling, and counteracting the shortage of skilled workers – Malte Lawrenz focused on these three fields of action at the opening of the 13th VPI Symposium.


Only by acting quickly and decisively can the growth target of a 25 percent market share by 2030 be achieved, the Association President emphasized in Hamburg at the start of the Symposium.

Malte Lawrenz warned: “Given the current crises, the transport revolution is in danger of being pushed into the background. We urgently need to counteract this.” Germany needs the most environmentally friendly mode of transport – in other words railways – both for climate protection and to cope with the constantly growing transport tasks. “The companies in the sector are investing in the future of the transport mode. We expect the same from politics,” Lawrenz emphasized.

The mobility summit in the Chancellor’s Office – to which only the top echelons of the automotive industry were invited – was remarkable given the government’s mandate for a transport revolution, according to Lawrenz. “If the Chancellor wants to make the topic of sustainable mobility a top priority, the most environmentally friendly mode of transport should also be in the spotlight. Not only charging stations for e-cars should be on the agenda at the Chancellor’s Office – but also ETCS or the DAK,” declared Malte Lawrenz, the VPI chairman.

The first part of the Symposium’s program focused on what has been done in the field of rail transport policy in the past year and what still needs to be pushed forward. The three guest speakers Dirk Flege (Pro-Rail Alliance), Gilles Peterhans (UIP), and Jörg Stephan (BMDV) reported on and discussed these issues with the Symposium guests.

The second part was devoted to the main subject of “Digital Automatic Coupling”: Jens Engelmann (Railiable) and Matthias Knüpling (VTG/UIP) gave insights into developments in the European committees. Fabian Wartzek (DB AG), Andreas Lipka (DB Cargo), and Matthias Knüpling reported from the operational working groups in the fields of technology, financing, and migration.

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