This week in RailFreight Live: the Connecting Europe Express

Connecting Europe Express

The Rail Freight Corridors should not be discussed in isolation, this does not help us in achieving our modal shift ambitions for 2030. This is the opinion of Kristian Schmidt, director of land transport at DG MOVE. “When we evaluated the Rail Freight Corridors (RFC’s) earlier, I did not gain the confidence that this concept of isolated corridors is still valuable.

Schmidt said this in the conference coach of the Connecting Europe Express this Monday, while the future of rail freight was discussed with industry leaders from all over Europe. “A network deals with a lot of issues, such as passenger traffic, ERTMS, or digitalisation. If you really want to create a modal shift, the corridors should be discussed within the framework of the wider network.”

In RailFreight Live hopped onboard on the last leg of the journey of the Connecting Europe Express. We talked to many interested people about important topics like these. This week in RailFreight Live, we broadcast the video item of our short journey.

We also discuss the sense and nonsense of a marketing train with Akos Ersek from UIRR, while we debate on several of the topics raised. You can watch the show below at 1pm CEST, or any time after on our YouTube Channel.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is the editor-in-chief of, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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