Rail Cargo Freight Corridors in Preparations
Hungarian participation in the development of the European cargo freight corridor 6
For Hungary the development of European rail cargo freight corridor 6 has especially high significance, therefore HUNGRAIL devotes intensified attention to helping preparations. With the support of the European Union, a connection from Spain to Zahony can improve the usability of the Hungarian infrastructure. With the rail cargo freight being served by five countries’ harmonization, the competitiveness of rail cargo freight in Hungary may see a significant growth in the future.
In November 2012, under the organization of MAV, the project’s two determining committees were formed in Budapest: the railway company and terminal owner-operator groups. These strengthen the development process of the corridor from the business side. The advisory groups may form opinions on any decisions that may affect them; membership to the groups will remain open in the future.
The European Parliament and Council’s 913/2010/EU (22. September, 2010) decree defines the development of European cargo freight corridors. The decree contains the development of corridor 6 (Almería–Valencia/Madrid–Zaragoza/Barcelona–Marseille–Lyon–Torino–Milan–Verona–Padova/Venice–Triest/Koper–Ljubljana–Budapest–Záhony) from November 2013.
The purpose of the development and future operation of the corridor, which start in Spain and crosses France, Italy, Slovenia and Hungary, is to strengthen the cooperation between member states and railroad network-operators, to ease the use of services and to increase the quality of service, party by harmonizing the developments, investments. Additionally the optimization of network use, the coordination of terminal operations, and development of regulations harmonized at EU level, coordination of capacity management and routing regulations.
The European Union’s decree also states, that the development of an internal rail market of the European Union, especially for cargo freight is necessary for the realization of sustainable mobility. The development of international rail corridors will enhance the conditions of infrastructure-use; will serve competitive cargo freight, by providing adequate conditions for the traffic of cargo freight trains, and making it possible to cross from one national network to an other without difficulties. The development of international rail cargo freight corridors which make up the European rail network and are for competitive cargo freight must be coordinated with the corridors of the Trans-European transport networks (TEN-T) and/or the European Rail Traffic Management System.