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The UK’s impending departure from the European Union must not undermine the ongoing development of the Single European Rail Area, Community of European Railway & Infrastructure Companies Executive Director Libor Lochman said on November 22.
Speaking at a hearing organised by the European Parliament Committee on Transport & Tourism on the impact of Brexit on land transport, Lochman said CER had five key priorities to mitigate potential risks. These are:
‘At this stage of the negotiations, it is difficult to assess what the impact of Brexit will be’, said Lochman. ‘If Brexit will mean an abrupt withdrawal from the European Union, with neither a post-Brexit agreement between the parties nor any other transitional arrangement in place, then I have no doubt that the impact on the rail sector will be challenging.
‘If negotiating parties can find an agreement on these five priorities, we believe that railways in the EU and UK can run competitive cross border passenger and freight services and continue to contribute to the delivery of the Single European Rail area and all the benefits for customers that brings.’
This article first appeared on www.railwaygazette.com
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