Rail freight corridors
After being adopted by the European Parliament and the Council on 22nd September 2010, Regulation (EU) 913/2010 concerning a European rail network for competitive freight entered into force on 9th November 2010. As a result, 9 international rail freight corridors have been defined. One of them is RFC 8 (Bremerhaven/Rotterdam/Antwerp-Aachen/Berlin-Warsaw- Terespol (Poland-Belarus border)/Kaunas).
RFC 8 goes through 6 EU Member States, starting in North Sea ports in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, spreading through central Germany, Czech Republic and Poland and ending in Lithuania. It passes through major European transport nodes such as Antwerp in Belgium, Rotterdam in the Netherlands, Bremerhaven, Aachen, Hamm, Hannover, Berlin in Germany, Poznań and Warsaw in Poland, Prague in Czech Republic and Kaunas in Lithuania.
Information about terminals belonging to the North Sea - Baltic rail freight corridor
Kaunas Intermodal Terminal
Šeštokai railway station
More information about North Sea - Baltic rail freight corridor can be found on http://rfc8.eu/.
RFC North Sea – Baltic is launched on 10th November 2015
- Connecting East and West
After a few years of intensive preparatory works, on 10th November 2015 Rail Freight Corridor North Sea – Baltic, which connects East and West, will go live.
Rail Freight Corridor North Sea – Baltic is a European project with the aim of boosting rail freight by providing a seamless and good quality path offer along the Corridor. As foreseen by Regulation (EU) 913/2010 the goal of Rail Freight Corridor North Sea – Baltic is to raise attractiveness and efficiency of rail freight compared to other modes of transport.
Rail Freight Corridor North Sea – Baltic includes more than 6000 km of railway lines and connects the most important North Sea ports with Central Europe and the Baltic States.
The Corridor One-Stop-Shop (C-OSS) of Rail Freight Corridor North Sea – Baltic is a new single contact point for international rail freight along the RFC North Sea – Baltic where customers can address requests and receive answers regarding capacity for international freight trains along the Corridor.
Rail Freight Corridor North Sea – Baltic benefits from the European funds for establishing and improving functioning of the Corridor.
Rail Freight Corridor North Sea – Baltic is together with eight other rail freight corridors, part of the European rail freight network created on the basis of Regulation (EU) 913/2010.
Rail Freight Corridor North Sea – Baltic gathers together six Infrastructure Managers (Infrabel – Belgium, ProRail – The Netherlands, DB Netz AG – Germany , Správa železniční dopravní cesty – The Czech Republic, PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A. - Poland, AB "Lietuvos geležinkeliai" - Lithuania) and the Lithuanian Allocation Body (Valstybinė Geležinkelio Inspekcija prie Susisiekimo Ministerijos) cooperating as the Management Board, as well as six Ministries in charge of Transport from these countries cooperating as the Executive Board of the Corridor and developing the rail freight corridor for competitive freight.
- Geographical outline
The Corridor runs through six EU Member States: starting in the North Sea ports of Wilhelmshaven, Bremerhaven, Hamburg and Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerpen spreading in central Germany through Aachen – Hannover/Berlin – Warsaw – Terespol (Poland-Belarus border) / Kaunas / Falkenberg – Prague / Wrocław – Katowice.
It is intended also to gradually extend Rail Freight Corridor North Sea – Baltic by 2020 to Estonia, Latvia and towards Poland – Ukraine border.
Rail Freight Corridor North Sea – Baltic consists approximately of 3300 km of principal lines, 2400 km of diversionary lines and 400 km of connecting lines. More than 170 terminals and 6 sea ports belong to the Rail Freight Corridor North Sea – Baltic.
- Corridor One-Stop-Shop
From 10th November 2015 Applicants will be able to order train paths for the whole corridor from one C-OSS who is acting on behalf of all the Infrastructure Managers and the Allocation Body.
The C-OSS offers the products of Rail Freight Corridor North Sea – Baltic: Pre-arranged Paths for the annual timetable and Reserve Capacity for the ad-hoc traffic. In practice it means that a customer will be able to order for instance a path from Rotterdam to Poznań using the Path Coordination System (PCS) tool of RailNetEurope (RNE) at this single contact point, the C-OSS.
First offer of the Rail Freight Corridor North Sea – Baltic including the Reserve Capacity for the Timetable 2016 will be published on 10th November 2015. The catalogue including the Pre-arranged Paths offer will be published at latest on 11th January 2016 for the Timetable 2017.
- Infrastructure works
Launching the corridor means also facilitation of the information flow regarding coordination of infrastructure works. This improves the quality of service for the customers.
- Cooperation with customers
Two Advisory Groups were created as a platform for railway undertakings (RAG) and managers and owners of terminals and port authorities (TAG) to facilitate the exchange of information, recommendations and mutual understanding in a transparent way.
More information regarding Rail Freight Corridor North Sea – Baltic contact Mrs. Weronika Karbowiak, our Managing Director via phone: +48 22 473 35 17 and e-mail: Weronika.Karbowiak@plk-sa.pl or visit our website: www.rfc8.eu.