An ambitious collaborative approach

RailNetEurope was set up in 2004 to help meet the challenges faced by the international rail sector. It does this by providing solutions that benefit all RNE Members (both Full and Associate), as well as their customers and business partners.

RNE international Working Groups

As an umbrella organisation, most of RNE’s work takes place through standing Working Groups and ad-hoc teams. Four Working Groups deal with the following areas on a permanent basis: In addition, RNE Corridor Management takes care of all corridor-related issues, including Rail Freight Corridors, on a permanent basis.

RNE One-Stop-Shop network

In 2004, RNE established an international network of OSS representatives, who are the personal contact points within the IMs/ABs for all customer care issues.

Under the One-Stop Shop principle, various international products and services are handled at a single point of contact for the entire international route.

RNE IT systems

This is made possible through the support of four Europe-wide IT (Information Technology) systems:
 
Collaboration with other international bodies

RNE liaises with other European/international bodies – such as the CER, CIT, EIM, ERA, FTE, IRG-Rail (and other Regulatory Bodies) and the UIC – to build consensus on issues of common interest. In 2013, it was decided to reinforce RNE’s international collaborations.

Collaboration with Forum Train Europe (FTE)

FTE represents and coordinates most European passenger and freight RUs. At the RNE Business Conference 2013, FTE President Stephan Pfuhl and RNE President Harald Hotz agreed to do their best to foster closer cooperation between RailNetEurope and Forum Train Europe. This is important for the whole railway business, as international timetabling processes demand intensive cooperation between IMs and RUs.

Collaboration in European rail infrastructure sector

This has also been enhanced. The CER, EIM and RNE have launched a joint initiative for better cooperation between Rail Infrastructure Managers. The High Level Infrastructure Meetings (HLIM) are part of this initiative.

Interoperability

At the core of RNE’s work is harmonisation, and encouraging the emergence of interoperable systems and processes.

When talking about interoperability, most people will think about technical standards: type of power supply, which may vary from country to country, safety systems, etc.

But interoperability is much wider than this, also covering Europe-wide timetable planning, digital information exchange in real time across borders, administrative procedures linked to international path applications, and after-sales services (monitoring, reporting), to name but a few. It is precisely these aspects of interoperability that RailNetEurope deals with in its day-to-day work.