Corridors for competitive freight traffic
International freight traffic by rail depends on path offers respecting the requirements of the applicants. In enacting Regulation (EU) No 913/2010 “concerning a European rail network for competitive freight” the European Union has laid down rules with a view to the development of a European rail network for competitive freight. Initially there were nine freight corridors. In the meantime, there are two more corridors in the implementation phase. Infrastructure managers and allocation bodies will be obliged to work together more closely than ever to offer through international paths which meet market requirements. They will also have to work together more closely than has been the case so far to further simplify the path application process.
Switzerland participates in two corridors
Although Switzerland is not a member of the European Union. As our country is located at the heart of Europe, however, Switzerland co-operates in the Rhine-Alpine and the North Sea-Mediterranean corridors.
Attractive international path offers
For each corridor the infrastructure managers and allocation bodies involved are to prepare a path catalogue for the corridor. That catalogue will contain international freight paths that meet market needs. These pre-arranged freight paths will be allocated by a corridor one-stop-shop on behalf of the infrastructure managers and allocation bodies involved. These paths will have a higher priority in the path allocation process and in current operations.
Dedicated corridor organisations
Based on the Regulation (EU) No 913/2010 dedicated boards are in charge of operating these corridors. There are boards composed of ministerial representatives and also boards composed of the infrastructure managers and allocation bodies involved. trasse.ch is active in the Rhine-Alpine-Corridor and North Sea-Mediterranean-Corridor organisations. In each case it is a member of the management board and is actively involved in several working groups. Railway undertakings and freight terminal operators are also involved through advisory groups and can make their requirements known.