Trans-European freight corridor drives rail transformation
EUREKA project E! 2727 POLCORRIDOR has been selected as the 'backbone' trans-European freight transport corridor to explore interoperability in the EU Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) REORIENT project. REORIENT is assessing the process of transforming European railways from nationally fragmented into internationally integrated systems to encourage a move away from total dependence on road transport.
Started in 2002, the EUREKA project set out to deliver Europe's most advanced transport corridor, from the Nordic countries to the Balkans, to meet the rapid growth in north-south freight (over 20% in the last five years). POLCORRIDOR uses the latest technology for freight traffic management, intermodal infrastructures and information system architecture.
There are three parts: sea-land connections from Sweden, Finland and Norway to intermodal hubs in Poland; a regularly scheduled block train – the Blue Shuttle – linking Szczecin/Swinoujscie and Gdansk in Poland with Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest; and existing land connections to destinations in most of south and southeastern Europe.
The FP6 sustainable surface transport REORIENT project will use POLCORRIDOR to explore interoperability in countries located along its routes. REORIENT will assess the target countries' political and administrative structures for interoperability implementation and identify barriers. It will then propose measures designed to remove, circumvent and/or neutralise such barriers.
Mutually beneficial collaboration between these projects illustrates the effectiveness of good co-operation and coherence between EUREKA and EU projects in supporting the competitiveness and innovative development of European industry. By incorporating POLCORRIDOR into REORIENT, the EU policy of balancing the modal split between road and rail freight transport will be supported on an even larger scale. Together these projects will create the groundwork for enhancing the competitive standing of rail and intermodal freight services in Europe. The overall objective is to encourage the transfer of more freight volume from single-mode road haulage and achieve an eventual improvement in socio-environmental conditions.
Source: Eurekalert & othersLast reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 21 Feb 2009
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