Rail Freight Network Access

What we want to achieve http://ec.europa.eu/transport/modes/rail/index_en.htm

Future of Rail

Over the last 25 years the Commission has been very active in proposing restructuring the European rail transport market and in order to strengthen the position of railways vis-à-vis other transport modes. The Commission's efforts have concentrated on three major areas which are all crucial for developing a strong and competitive rail transport industry: 

(1) opening the rail transport market to competition, 

(2) improving the interoperability and safety of national networks and 

(3) developing rail transport infrastructure.

ERFA - European Rail Freight Association

ERFA represents new entrants, i.e. all those operators who want open access and fair market conditions, and sustains their role of pushing forward the development of the railway market.

The members of ERFA represent the entire value chain of rail transportation: rail freight operators, wagon keepers, service providers, forwarders, passenger operators and national rail freight associations.

ERFA works towards a competitive and innovative single European railway market by promoting attractive, fair and transparent market conditions for all railway companies.

ERFA co-signed the Memorandum of Understanding for the deployment of ERTMS with other stakeholders and Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Transport, at Innotrans on the 21st September (2016).

The main objective is to ensure a collective discipline in the deployment phase in order to achieve ERTMS migration on the TEN-T Core Network by 2030. The MoU ensures the stability and the compatibility of the technology.

ERFA is convinced that ERTMS will be a key enabler for the development of the Single European Rail Area. However, funding solutions are now needed to support Railway Undertakings in the deployment phase.

Two European freight corridors open for business - November 2015


CROSS-border rail freight operators can now access simplified tariffs and timetables through so-called one-stop shops on two of Europe's growing network of freight corridors following the opening on November 10 of corridors 3 and 8.

Corridor 3 covers more than 7000 km and runs from Norway, Sweden and Denmark via Germany and Austria toItalian Mediterranean ports.

Corridor 8 is over 6000 km long and connects the North Sea with the Baltic serving Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic and Lithuania. By 2020, the corridor will be extended to the Poland-Ukraine border and through the Rail Baltica project to Latvia and Estonia.

Corridor 1 linking the Rhine with the Alps opened in 2013, and 9154 train paths were assigned last year.

"After the positive experience with freight corridor 1, we are pleased to enter the market with attractive offers on two more important routes," says Mr Oliver Sellnick, who is responsible for European corridor management at DB Networks."Particularly in view of the growing traffic in prospect, these European corridors offer an excellent way to realise efficient freight transport by rail. Timetables and rates for cross-border train paths can be viewed and booked simply from a single source via our employees in the corridor one-stop shops."