Freight CEOs have set up a task-force to improve rail-freight competitiveness
One year ago, the freight CEOS of BLS, DBSR, Hungrail, MRCE, RCG, SBB, SNCF, TIC, TX Logistics, B-Logistics and VDV grounded a task force dedicated to give high level support to issues of key importance to the competitiveness of rail freight.
The rail freight sector is facing many challenges, mainly concerning ETCS, cross-border interoperability, timetabling, vehicle authorisation, train parameters, and coordination of infrastructure works. All in all, seventeen issues were identified, as seen in the chart above.
Identified issues include:
- Short distance cross-border interoperability
- Harmonisation of conditions of use in the contracts btw. IMs and RUs
- International Authorisation of rolling stock
- RFC working structures
- Corridor One-Stop-Shop
- Corridor documents
- Standardized parameters including longer and heavier trains
- Infrastructure bottlenecks
- Traffic management proceducers
- Timetabling PAPs definition/ path allocation
- PCS (Path Coordination System)
- Coordination of infrastructure works
- Automated driving and innovation in general
- Automatic Coupling
- E-consignment note
- Intelligent assets for freight wagons
One year on, concrete results are perceptible. The initiative is open to and bringing together all actors of the chain.
Come and find out more at UIC’s Global Rail Freight Conference and discuss this with panellists in the high level business session on “strategies to deliver opportunities and enhance effectiveness”.
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