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Freight corridors

Cross-border rail freight traffic depends on attractive and needs-based train path offers. In EU Regulation 913/2010 “concerning a European rail network for competitive freight”, the European Union created eleven freight corridors. IMs and capacity allocation bodies are required to work together closely to simplify the provision of market-driven, continuous, cross-border train paths and the train path ordering process.

Switzerland is not a member of the EU, but because Switzerland lies at the heart of Europe, it participates in the Rhine-Alpine and North Sea-Mediterranean corridors.

For each corridor, the participating IMs and capacity allocation bodies compile a train path catalogue that contains agreed market-driven cross-border train path offers for freight traffic. These ‘ready-made’ train paths are awarded on behalf of the relevant IMs and capacity allocation bodies through a corridor one-stop-shop and are given higher priority when it comes to train path allocation.

EU Regulation 913/2010 makes provision for specific bodies to run these corridors, both at ministerial level and in the relevant IMs and capacity allocation bodies.

The TVS is a member of the governing body (management board) of both the Rhine-Alpine corridor and the North Sea-Mediterranean corridor and takes part in several working groups. The RUs and terminal operators participate as members of advisory bodies to ensure their needs are also taken into account.

Rhine-Alpine corridor
­North Sea-Mediterranean corridor

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