Rail Freight Corridor 5 Baltic-Adriatic Connects North and South
Prague, 10 November 2015 – After several months of intense preparatory activities, an inauguration of Baltic-Adriatic Rail Freight Corridor 5 (RFC 5 took place in Warsaw. The corridor is part of the European freight railway network consisting of nine defined railway freight corridors established based on Regulation (EU) No 913/2010 of 22 September 2010.
Rail Freight Corridor 5 Baltic - Adriatic goes through 6 EU member countries: Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Slovenia and Italy .It consists of 4,825 km of railway lines connecting the most important Baltic and Adriatic ports with main land terminals and economic centres of the countries along the corridor, going from Baltic Sea ports of Świnoujście, Szczecin, Gdynia and Gdańsk further through Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria and then to Slovenia and Italy to the ports of Koper, Trieste, Venezia and Ravenna on the Adriatic Sea. The whole Baltic-Adriatic Rail Freight Corridor 5 consists of 61 terminals and 8 sea ports belong to it.
Representatives of six Ministries in charge of Transport or Infrastructure are engaged in cooperation in bodies of this rail freight corridors well as six infrastructure managers: PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe Spółka Akcyjna, Správa železniční dopravní cesty, státní organizace (Czech Railway Infrastructure administration,, state organisation), Železnice Slovenskej republiky, ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG, RFI Rete Ferroviaria Italiana S.p.A., SŽ-Infrastruktura, d.o.o., and one Allocation Body Javna agencija za železniški promet Republike Slovenije..
Since 10 November 2015 applicants are able to order train paths for the whole corridor from one Corridor One-Stop-Shop (C-OSS). The C-OSS is a new functional interface for international rail freight along the whole Baltic-Adriatic Rail Freight Corridor 5. C-OSS is a single contact point where customers can address requests concerning capacity for international freight trains along the Corridor..
The C-OSS offers the following products of Baltic-Adriatic Rail Freight Corridor 5: reserve capacity for the ad-hoc traffic and Pre-arranged Paths for the annual timetable. In practice it means that a customer will be able to order for instance a path from Ostrava to Trieste using the IT application tool of Rail Net Europe (RNE) Path Coordination System (PCS) at a single contact point – the C-OSS.
The first offer of Rail Freight Corridor 5 Baltic-Adriatic including reserve capacity for the Timetable 2016 was published on 10 November 2015 on PCS. The Pre-arranged Paths offer will be published as PaP catalogue on 11 January 2016 for the Timetable 2016/2017 on PCS as well.
Launching the corridor means also facilitation of the information flow concerning coordination of infrastructure works along the corridor. Information exchange should improve quality of service for the customers.
The RFC5 Management Board established two Advisory Groups (Advisory Group of railway undertakings (RAG) and Advisory Group for managers and owners of terminals and port authorities (TAG)). They were created to facilitate the exchange of information, giving recommendations and mutual understanding in a non-discriminatory way..
More information on the Baltic-Adriatic Rail Freight Corridor 5 can be found on its website: www.rfc5.eu.