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RFC Amber Publishes 2019 Annual Report

RFC Amber publishes 2019 annual report

Source: European Commission
RFC Amber published today its first Annual Report, giving customers, stakeholders and the general public a comprehensive overview over the activities and achievements of the corridor in 2019, the first year of operation of RFC Amber. It also contains a synopsis of the genesis of the corridor, a short description of its characteristics and informs about the governance of the corridor – July 6, 2020
In 2017 the European Commission had approved the establishment of RFC Amber through Commission Implementing Decision 2017/177, following a joint proposal by the four Member States along the route of the corridor: the Republic of Slovenia, Hungary, the Slovak Republic and the Republic of Poland. The initiative for setting up RFC Amber was also supported by the rail freight community – railway undertakings, intermodal operators and terminal managers – the future customers of the corridor. With the establishment of RFC Amber in 2019 several years of intensive preparations by the Ministries in charge of transport of the countries concerned and the Railway Infrastructure Managers SŽ-I (Slovenia), GYSEV (Hungary), MÁV (Hungary), ŽSR (Slovakia), PLK (Poland) and the Hungarian Rail Capacity Allocation Office VPE bore fruit. Still, before its formal establishment, the Members of RFC Amber had set up the Railway and Terminal Advisory Groups (RAG, TAG), holding two RAG-TAG-meetings until 2019. Further, already in its early phase of establishment, RFC Amber had participated in the joint stand of RFCs at the TEN-T-Days in Ljubljana in April 2018, presenting the corridor for the first time to a broader public. The activities of the corridor were supported by a Programme Support Action (PSA) under the Connecting Europe Facility of the European Commission. In January 2019 the corridor published its first offer of pre-arranged train paths (PaPs) as the last step to make the corridor operational, slightly ahead of the legal deadline set by RFC-Regulation (EU) 913/2010. The first new EU Rail Freight Corridor based on the initiative of Member States was born. The Grand Opening Event on 18 September 2019 in Koper, in presence of EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc, gathered many high-level Representatives from the countries’ Ministries and from Members and customers of our corridor. The establishment of RFC Amber closed some important gaps in the network of European Rail Freight Corridors: It connects directly the Slovenian Adriatic seaport of Koper – with its growing business and remarkably high market share for rail in hinterland traffic of more than 50% – with important destinations in Hungary and Slovakia; it is the first Rail Freight Corridor linking the eastern parts of Poland, Slovakia and Hungary and connecting at the Hungarian-Serbian border at Kelebia to a freight route to South-Eastern Europe, which gradually is regaining its role as an important international freight artery; at the EU Eastern border at Terespol and at Slawkow in Upper Silesia it links to the Euro-Asian rail landbridge which sees steadily growing transport volumes. A large part of the corridor is today not covered by the TEN-T Core Network; the Member States’ commitment and the Infrastructure Managers and CapacityAllocation Office’s common work to develop this corridor is therefore of even higher value for the countries, economies and regions concerned. RFC Amber has become the corridor connecting the heart of Europe! RFC Amber became from the beginning an active Member in the network of European Rail Freight Corridors. Our corridor is fully included in the Customer Information Platform (CIP) of RailNetEurope. From October 2019 until February 2020 RFC Amber chaired the RFC Network, the European-wide cooperation platform of all EU Rail Freight Corridors. With its establishment, RFC Amber enters into a new phase of development, which will be focused on continuous improvement of services and infrastructure and needs to be oriented at customer’s expectations. The adoption by the Management Board in September 2019 of an RFC Amber Action Plan, based on input from our Railway and Terminal Advisory Groups, will be an important element in the future work of the corridor. Close cooperation with other RFCs will be another cornerstone. The successful establishment of RFC Amber would not have been possible without the close cooperation and commitment by many entities, on the side of the Ministries, the Railway Infrastructure Managers and Capacity Allocation Office and the Railway Undertakings and Terminals. We would like to express our gratitude to all Members of the Executive Board, the Management Board, the C-OSS team, the Working Groups, the Secretariat, the Railway and Terminal Advisory Groups and all experts who have been involved and contributed to this joint achievement. We are confident that the strong commitment by all Members and Parties, the dedication by the persons working for the corridor and the positive spirit of cooperation achieved during the establishment phase create a good basis for the future development of RFC Amber. Source: RFC Amber

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