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Locomore filing for insolvency highlights the crippling cost challenges and entry barriers' in the rail sector which are 'limiting the growth of eco-friendly transport', according to the Alliance of Rail New Entrants which represents European open access operators.
ALLRAIL said Locomore was the fourth start-up in recent years to 'fall flat' when trying to enter the German long-distance passenger market. Veolia's Interconnex service between Leipzig, Berlin, Rostock and Warnemünde ended in December 2014, and proposals from MSM and Der Schnellzug were unsuccessful.
ALLRAIL said new market entrants would bring innovation to the rail sector. Impeding them 'can only lead to stagnation and failure', and it 'firmly believes' that countries must create conditions for 'genuine competition'. In particular, ALLRAIL said state incumbent DB's refusal to sell Locomore tickets 'must have been a major contributory factor in its collapse.'
ALLRAIL is calling for:
ALLRAIL was established end of March by the European Rail Freight Association which represents non-incumbent freight operators, independent ticket retailer Trainline and open access passenger operators LEO Express and Regiojet of the Czech Republic, Sweden's MTR Nordic, Italy's NTV, Austria's Westbahn More members are expected to join.
This article first appeared on www.railwaygazette.com
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