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A European rail network for competitive freight

This regulation sets out rules for the establishment and organisation of international rail corridors for competitive rail freight in order to develop a European rail network for competitive freight.


Regulation (EU) No 913/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 September 2010 concerning a European rail network for competitive freight.


This regulation aims to develop a European rail network for competitive freight by establishing rules for the creation and organisation of international rail corridors for competitive rail freight. The annex to this regulation sets out 9 initial freight corridors * which must be made operational by the concerned European Union (EU) countries by November 2013 or November 2015.

For each freight corridor, EU countries must establish an executive board, made up of representatives of the EU countries’ authorities. For each freight corridor, the infrastructure managers concerned must establish a management board, made up of representatives of the infrastructure managers. This management board shall draw up an implementation plan which includes an investment plan, the measures foreseen to implement the corridor and the main elements of a market study. It will also set up an advisory group composed of managers and owners of the terminals of the freight corridor and another advisory group composed of railway undertakings interested in the use of the freight corridor.

The management board shall jointly define and arrange international prearranged train paths for freight trains to offer journey times corresponding to the needs of the freight operators.

The management board will establish or designate a joint body to provide authorised applicants with a single place to both request and receive answers relating to infrastructure capacity for freight trains crossing at least one border along the freight corridor. This “one-stop shop” will take decisions regarding applications for pre-arranged train paths and the reserve capacity for international freight trains. Any applications which cannot be met by the one-stop shop will be forwarded to the competent infrastructure managers, who will take a decision on the application and communicate this decision to the one-stop shop for further processing.

Priority rules between the different types of traffic shall be drawn up for the cases of traffic disturbances.

A document containing all the relevant information concerning the use of the corridor shall be published. Regulatory bodies shall cooperate and exchange information, notably in case of complaints.

Key terms used in the act
  • Freight corridor: all designated railway lines, including railway ferry lines, on the territory of or between EU countries, and, where appropriate, European third countries, linking two or more terminals, along a principal route and, where appropriate, diversionary routes and sections connecting them, including the railway infrastructure and its equipment and relevant rail services.


ActEntry into forceDeadline for transposition in the Member StatesOfficial Journal
Regulation (EU) No 913/2010



OJ L 276, 20.10.2010

Last updated: 19.04.2011
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