Extracts from the press conference by Siim Kallas, on the Railway package

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-084871   Duration: 10:02:01  Lieu:
End production: 16/12/2013   First transmission: 16/12/2013
On 16 December 2013, Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport, announced during a press conference that the European Commission adopted "Shift2Rail", a new public-private partnership to invest just under €1 billion in research and innovation to get more passengers and freight onto Europe's railways. "Shift2Rail" is an ambitious public-private partnership which will manage a 7-year work programme of targeted research and innovation to support the development of better rail services in Europe. It will develop and accelerate the bringing to market of technological breakthroughs.

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10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 General view of the press conference 00:00:03
10:00:08 Soundbite by Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport, (in ENGLISH): Today we are tripling the funding for research and innovation in rail. That means that over the next 7 years, almost €1 billion of public and private funds will be spent on research and innovation to get more passengers and freight onto Europe's railways. 00:00:20
10:00:28 Cutaway of a photographer 00:00:04
10:00:33 Soundbite by Siim Kallas (in ENGLISH): The problem we face is these rail journeys are not enough. To increase rail traffic, the industry must deliver better services and provide an attractive alternative to passengers and businesses. To help achieve this, the Commission has adopted "Shift2Rail" a new public-private partnership to drive innovation in rail. It will focus on 5 key areas. - First, we want to develop a new generation of high capacity trains which are cost-efficient and reliable. If we want to offer better and more efficient rail services, we need better trains. - Second, we need traffic management to become a lot more efficient than it is. 00:00:48
10:01:22 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:03
10:01:26 Soundbite by Siim Kallas (in ENGLISH): However good railways are they also have to link with other forms of transport. That’s another frequent source of bottlenecks. So we will be looking to develop better logistics and improve connections between rail, ports and road. Finally, twenty-first century trains need a twenty-first century ticketing and journey planning. We want to develop joined-up ticketing systems for rail and link them with other forms of transport. 00:00:35
10:02:01 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:03
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