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Switzerland is the winner of the European Railway Award 2009

26/05/2009

With the European Railway Award, the European rail sector honors outstanding political and technical achievements in the development of economically and environmentally sustainable rail transport. First presented in 2007, the European Railway Award 2009 attracted more than 300 guests from all over Europe, including high-level politicians and transport stakeholders.

 

The Swiss Transport Minister Moritz Leuenberger received the European Railway Award 2009 for his political dedication to encourage modal shift from road to rail in Switzerland. In his speech, the European Commission’s Transport Commissioner Antonio Tajani underlined that “The Swiss opened the rail market to competition, being convinced that this way the railways will become a more efficient and a true alternative to road transport. In addition, the Swiss have consequently promoted rail interoperability to make the rail system stronger, increasing the possibility to operate in the EU and thus boosting the traffic and the competitiveness of rail transport.”

 

The European Railway Award is organized by the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) and the Association of the European Rail Industry (UNIFE). Johannes Ludewig, CER Executive Director said, “Europe is witnessing a revival of rail as the most environmentally friendly major mode of transport."

 

Michael Clausecker, UNIFE Director-General said, “When one levels the playing field and all transport modes are treated equally, only rail transport can sustainably foster economic growth, only rail can answer the growing mobility demands of passengers and goods, and at the same time only rail can play a huge part in tackling climate change and in reducing CO2 emissions. No other transport mode comes close! The winners today long ago recognized this, and today we in the rail sector proudly recognize them for their achievements in promoting rail transport and looking to the future.”

 

To learn more about the European Railway Award 2009:http://www.cer.be/ and www.unife.org.

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