Rail transport: Commission welcomes adoption of improved rail passenger rights

Yesterday, the European Parliament took the final step and voted to modernise rail passenger rights within the EU. The Commission welcomes the new rules, which include better protection for passengers in case of disruptions, improved rail ticket services, and will ensure dedicated spaces for bicycles. Commissioner for Transport,Adina Vălean, said: “I welcome yesterday’s vote in the European Parliament. The new rules will significantly improve rail passengers’ protection in case of delays, cancellations and missed connections. Also, the new regulation responds better to the needs of people with disabilities or reduced mobility. Strong rail passenger rights are essential to improving the sector’s image and attracting more people to rail, two of our objectives for the European Year of Rail.” The new rail passenger rights framework followed a Commission proposal in 2017 and will become applicable as of 6 June 2023. You can find more information here.