Freight capacity on TEN-T network not enough

Capacity allocation for freight on the European rail corridors is currently not meeting the needs of international rail freight. The way that this is handled in Europe is fragmented and unharmonized. Therefore, the Rail Freight...Read more
|Comment|author: Majorie van Leijen

Another battle for Combined Transport Directive

The European Commission has withdrawn the amendment proposal of the Combined Transport Directive. This became clear from its work programme 2020. The withdrawal means a delay to the modernisation of the Directive, which has been...Read more
|Comment|author: Majorie van Leijen

Rail freight produces 6 times less CO2 than truck

In 2018, an average freight train emitted around 18 grams of carbon dioxide per tonne-kilometer. The emissions of an average truck were much higher: 112 grams of CO2 per kilometer. The Umweltbundesamt, the environmental department...Read more
|Comment|author: Folkert Nicolai

HS2 is logical, says logistics sector

A scathing report on the sky-rocketing costs of Britain’s London to Birmingham and northwards high-speed rail project has drawn an equally high-speed reaction from the freight logistics sector, and support and criticism in equal measure...Read more
|Comment|author: Paul van den Bogaard
The tunnel in Rastatt is filled with concrete over a stretch of 50 metres in an effort to stabilize sunken railway tracks, source: Hollandse Hoogte

Rail Freight Forward coalition implements Handbook

In its vision paper “30 by 2030” the Rail Freight Forward coalition (RFF) has committed to adopt and implement a Contingency Management Handbook. This Handbook outlines harmonised international contingency measures whenever major disruptions happen on...Read more
|Comment|author: Majorie van Leijen

TEN-T permit procedures should be more efficient

The European Council has proposed to facilitate the completion of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) by speeding up permit-granting procedures. It also wants to clarify the procedures of permit granting and public procurement. The Council made...Read more
|Comment|author: Majorie van Leijen
PKP operated locomotive. Photo: Pixabay

ERFA: State Aid Guidelines are outdated

The European Rail Freight Association (ERFA) wants the State Aid Guidelines for Railway Undertakings revised. The set of standards must be modernised, to take into consideration developments in the rail freight sector over the past...Read more
|Comment|author: Majorie van Leijen

CER: time-based road tolls hinder shift to rail

The modal shift to rail is impossible without fair competition. For that reason, the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) is calling the EU Member States to introduce the distance-based tolls on all...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko