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.
North Sea-Mediterranean corridor