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Cross-border rail freight to receive a boost thanks to EU co-funded project

Creation date: April 27, 2011

A project to harmonise timetables for international trains and improve the cooperation between operators and dispatch centres across EU Member States will receive €1.21 million in EU support. The project deals with “Studies on improving the Freight Corridor Concept by using Telematic Applications for Freight, and methods, tools and procedures developed by RailNetEurope for rail corridors”. The project was selected under the 2010 Annual TEN-T Call and will allow for improved rail freight transport across the EU, thus reducing delays and increasing the competitive advantage of rail transport.


The study aims to improve the freight corridor concept and capitalises on the experience gained by RailNetEurope (RNE), an association of European Rail Infrastructure Managers and Allocation Bodies to enable fast and easy access to European rail, as well as to increase the quality and efficiency of international rail traffic. It was presented under the 2010 Annual TEN-T Call for Proposals published on 19 May 2010 and will receive an EU contribution of €1.21 million, 50% of the total costs.


The study will look at two areas:


  • Evaluating and improving a harmonised timetabling process for international trains
  • Improving international cooperation between dispatching centres and railway companies

Once implemented, the study’s results will allow faster rail freight connections across the EU and improve the performance of rail vis-à-vis other modes of transport.


For more information, please consult the project's page!