Passenger rail travel can be the backbone of a sustainable European passenger transport system. It has a strong role to play in the meeting the EU’s ambitions on climate, seamless travel and combined/integrated ticketing. To do this, booking rail tickets (including for cross-border journeys) has to be simpler and more transparent for the customer. Independent distribution channels offer the convenience, technical capability and transparency to make this happen.
However, they are hindered by a range of barriers, including unfair commercial terms, lack of data sharing and an imperfect standards framework. If we want these champions of customer innovation to succeed and help transform the EU’s transport system, these barriers must be overcome. In this policy brief, eu travel tech sets out how.
To enable a consumer-friendly, competitive, modern and growing rail distribution system, we set out our recommendations:
- Ensuring fair reasonable and anti-discriminatory (FRAND) commercial terms between railways undertaking and independent ticket vendors;
- Ensuring access to all rail content (including offers and fares) for all distribution channels also based on FRAND conditions;
- Mandating sharing of dynamic rail data;
- Creating a clear and cost-effective rail distribution standards framework
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