Rail Day

The 2018 Rail Day will be dedicated to the deregulation of the EU’s public rail services. It will occur by December 2023 at the latest. The workshops will analyse the consequences of this deregulation in terms of services, governance, safety and business model. 

This event is organised by the French Transportation Authorities Union (GART) and the Public and Rail Transport Association (UTP).


Deregulating French regional rail services ▼

The Fourth Rail Package involves deregulating the EU’s public rail services by December 2023 at the latest. This deregulation must benefit passengers, Regions, and the rail sector overall, whilst also providing a high degree of security.
What are the French government’s proposals in this respect in the wake of Jean-Cyril Spinetta’s report? Do they address the sector’s expectations and recommendations? How can this fundamental change be achieved in such a way as to preserve the future of rail transport?
Franck DHERSIN, Member of the board, GART; Vice-President of the Hauts-de-France Region; President, Hauts-de-France Mobilités; Mayor of Téteghem
Jean-Baptiste DJEBBARI, French Member of Parliament
Frank LACROIX, General Manager for TER regional trains, SNCF Mobilités
Thierry MALLET, CEO, Transdev; Chairman, UTP
Louis NEGRE, Mayor, Cagnes-sur-Mer; First Vice-President, Métropole de Nice; Chairman, GART

Moderator: Annette GERLACH, Journalist


Deregulation of French rail services: best practice across Europe ▼

Rail models in other EU countries cannot be applied fully to France, either for public rail services or for commercial services. Nevertheless, experience from other countries can be beneficial as France prepares for rail service deregulation. What has been the experience in other EU nations? What lessons can France learn from it? How can this experience be used to help deregulation be achieved in such a way as to preserve the future of the railway system?
Alain BULLOT, CEO, Léon Kaimus
Jacques DAMAS, Executive Director, Rail and Industry Group, Keolis
Richard DUJARDIN, CEO France, Transdev
Manfred RUDHART, CEO, Arriva
Roberto RINAUDO*, CEO, Thello

Moderator: Annette GERLACH, Journalist


Lunch (Opéra restaurant)


Can rail freight be competitive? ▼

In view of the ongoing barriers to the development of rail freight, the emergence of a growing number of innovative solutions has highlighted a shared desire on the part of rail companies, shippers, and infrastructure managers to revitalise the business. Its high potential should enable it to reconquer market share. How can rail freight be encouraged to open up to this type of innovation in France, and to structural modal interchange? How can these challenges be taken up whilst retaining links with neighbouring networks and EU projects?
François COART, Director, Rail and Modal Transfer, Getlink
Jean GHEDIRA, Deputy Managing Director, Network Access, SNCF Réseau
Jean-Yves LHOMME, Director of Institutional Relations, DB EuroCargoRail
Bertrand MINARY, Chief Innovation & Digital Manager, Fret SNCF

Moderator: Annette GERLACH, Journalist


Governance and funding for a changing rail system ▼

Amidst dwindling public funds and the imminent deregulation of passenger rail transport, it is vital for France to rethink its rail system architecture and improve its funding model. These issues must be dealt with in depth to ensure the country’s rail system is revitalised.
How can governance of the sector be improved in a competitive environment? What proposals could optimise the economic performance of the rail system?
Michel BOUDOUSSIER, Deputy General Manager, Getlink
Patrick JEANTET, CEO, SNCF Réseau
Jean-Luc RIGAUT, Vice-President, GART; President, AdCF; President, Agir; Mayor of Annecy
Bernard ROMAN, President, ARAFER
Patrick ROPERT, CEO, SNCF Gares & Connexions

Moderator: Annette GERLACH, Journalist

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