German rail freight costs “to rise 20% by 2020” | International Railway Journal

For more technical observations on the missed European rail freight market opportunities, see my Facebook posting.

The headline report says that REGULATORY pressures on Europe’s largest rail freight market could drive up operating costs by as much as 20 percent over the next five years, according to a study by the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV).

A very rigid social thinking and government regulatory straight jacket approach misses the golden opportunities for improving the competitive offering of Europe’s rail freight network.

My essential observation as a career railway man is that Europe’s railway thinking lacks the DNA of North American engineering and commercial competitive thinking.

Europe’s railway government consensus approach “plays it safe with almost zero technology of product change in rail freight” — unlike the North American business model for rail freight. That is in marked contrast to Europe’s engineering world class success in very high speed passenger rail. They could do much better for rail freight. Who is going to step up and lead that strategic change.

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