Shippers would like to see rail transport as a real alternative to road transport. Collaboration and harmonisation are required to increase reliability and flexibility of this transport mode.
While recognising the progress made by the European Commission on important rail corridors (Rhine – Alpine, North Sea – Mediterranean, and North Sea – Baltic) and especially agreements on collaboration of rail managers in the event of a disaster (Rhine – Alpine corridor), further progress is necessary.
The Rail Freight Memorandum outlines the challenges that the European rail market has to overcome. This includes increasing capacity, limiting the impact on the environment, and improving reliability of rail freight transport.
For the Shippers’ Rail Freight Memorandum, please see here.