Rail Freight Corridors (RFCs)
Since its establishment in 2004, it has been RNE’s aim to harmonise the core processes of international railway business used by Infrastructure Managers (IMs) and Allocation Bodies (ABs). In late 2005 RNE adopted a corridor management approach in order to promote RNE objectives and generate benefits on the main corridors carrying international rail traffic. By November 2015, all but one of the RNE Corridors had been replaced by Rail Freight Corridors (RFCs), with the last RNE Corridor being closed in August 2016.
The Regulation (EU) No. 913/2010 concerning a European rail network for competitive freight became effective on 9 November 2010. This Regulation required Member States to establish international market-oriented RFCs to meet three main challenges:
- strengthening co-operation between IMs on key aspects such as allocation of paths, deployment of interoperable systems and infrastructure development
- finding the right balance between freight and passenger traffic along the RFCs, giving adequate capacity for freight in line with market needs and ensuring that common punctuality targets for freight trains are met
- promoting intermodality between rail and other transport modes by integrating terminals into the corridor management process
Since traffic does not usually start and end on a RFC exclusively, efficient and harmonised interfaces to the existing processes and tools of individual IMs and ABs participating in RFCs are needed. To achieve stronger harmonisation between the RFCs’ various implementation approaches, RNE provides a coordination platform for RFC organisations to jointly develop harmonised processes and tools, to the benefit of applicants, as well as IMs and ABs that are part of several RFCs.
To achieve stronger involvement of the RFCs in RNE, two significant steps were taken: Firstly, the High Level Group for RFCs (RFC HLG) was introduced and secondly, RFCs were invited to participate in the RNE General Assembly (GA). To further strengthen mutual cooperation, RNE also offered RFCs the opportunity to apply for Associate Membership in the organisation.
RFC network map
The geographical dimensions and implementation schedule of the RFCs are demonstrated in the interactive map below. This map does not include all potential RFC route extensions. For further details, please refer to the individual RFCs’ websites.
*Extensions indicated in the United Kingdom are planned in 2018