MAFEX HAS PREPARED AND DISTRIBUTED A NEW POSITIONING PAPER HIGHLIGHTING THE ACTIVE ROLE OF THE RAILWAY INDUSTRY IN DEVELOPING SOLUTIONS THAT ENSURE PASSENGER SAFETY AND HELP REDUCE THE RISK OF VIRUS SPREAD AND CONTAGION IN PUBLIC TRANSPORT. THE ULTIMATE GOAL IS TO RESTORE CONFIDENCE TO THE TRAVELLER..
The industry’s commitment to passengers and the administrations and operators has always been at the heart of innovation in the sector. Companies work to create safer, more comfortable, reliable and environmentally friendly quality environments, ensuring that more effective solutions and technologies are developed in the face of the Covid-19 threat..
Spain has a highly qualified and technologically developed railway industry to meet the challenges posed by the situation, but institutional support is needed to launch awareness-raising campaigns to restore citizens’ confidence in the use of collective passenger transport and, on the other hand, it must be complemented by the implementation of existing technological solutions and innovations in an agile manner. Let’s be part of the solution.
Restoring users’ confidence in passenger railway transport is key to the economic revival of the sector and the country. To do this, we must resort to concrete measures which, of course, are subject to the evolution of both, technology and the health crisis itself.
The Administration, as well as the operators and the industry, are clear by now that the priority is to prevent possible contagion, so there has been a total consensus to implement measures that are also not exclusive to railway transport.
Benefits of passenger railway transport
According to data published by UIC (International Union of Railways), UITP (International Association of Public Transport) and UNIFE (European Railway Industry Association) in a joint note, passenger transport by train in Europe reaches a market share of 7.6%, generating only 0.5% of greenhouse gas emissions, making it the least polluting mode of transport.
With regards to energy consumption, it is seven times more efficient in cities than the private vehicle and its capacity also highly superior when transporting people or cargo generating low impact on the environment.
In other words, not only is the passenger being offered punctuality and convenience in transfers but also passengers are being discouraged to use modes of transport less environmentally friendly and a sensible management of public space, without traffic jams, is being promoted.
With the creation of efficient networks of urban transport, economic and social development is also provided by encouraging investment in it and by connecting areas with different degrees of social and economic development.
Also, to promote the pedestrian use of public space, railway transport is the best option when removing cars from the roads and freeing up lanes that can be destined for a more efficient reordering of public space (either for pedestrian or tram use, etc.).