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Our PaP-Catalogue and Corridor Information Document 2019 are published!

Dear Customers,

we are pleased to announce that our PaP-Offer for TT 2019 is now published and accessible in PCS as well as on our Customer Information Platform, together with our Corridor Information Document.

For enabling you the access to an integrated offer ScanMed RFC offers also for TT2019 again the possibility to request Terminal Slots in one step and in a single operation with the PaPs via the C-OSS-Manager, Mihaela Vetter, and PCS in the following Terminals:

  1. Rail Freight Terminal Alnabru (Norway)
  2. Freight and Rail Terminal Taulov (by Fredericia Shipping / Denmark)
  3. DUSS-Terminal Beiseförth (Germany)
  4. DUSS-Terminal Göttingen (Germany)
  5. DUSS-Terminal Hannover-Linden (Germany)
  6. DUSS-Terminal Hamburg-Billwerder (Germany)
  7. DUSS-Terminal Augsburg-Oberhausen (Germany)
  8. DUSS-Terminal München-Riem (Germany)
  9. DUSS-Terminal Ingolstadt (Germany)
  10. Interporto Bologna (Italy)
  11. Port of La Spezia (Italy)

This ScanMed RFC initiative is subject of a Pilot Project implemented in strong cooperation with our Partners:

  1. BaneNOR – Rail Freight Terminal Alnabru (Norway)
  2. Fredericia Shipping (Denmark)
  3. Deutsche Umschlaggesellschaft Schiene – Straße (DUSS) mbH (Germany)
  4. Interporto Bologna (Italy)
  5. Port of La Spezia (Italy)

The PaPs for TT 2019 and the corresponding Terminal Slots can be requested from 9th January 2018 to 9th April 2018 via PCS.

The Draft Offer will be submitted to you by the C-OSS on 2nd July 2018 and the final offer on 20th August.

We would like to take the opportunity and express again the availability of Mihaela to meet you personally for discussing the offer, collecting your feedback and retrospecting your experience with the Corridor in 2017.

Should you be interested in a customer visit and for any other questions on booking the Corridor capacity, please contact Mihaela anytime!

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Information on Brenner closure until 4th January

Due to the derailment of a freight train between Brenner and Steinach (among Gries and St. Jodok) on the evening of 22 December, the line is currently completely closed.

Due to the winter weather conditions (frost) and the location of the accident site in an inaccessible area, the repair work is difficult and takes longer than originally forecast. The removal of the accident site and the reconstruction of the line can only be carried out by rail.

Work is running 24/7. The reconstruction of the track (2.500m) as well as of the catenary started yesterday and is progressing well.

ÖBB Infrastructure plans to put one track back into operation on 4th January, presumably at noon (12h00). The second track is supposed to be accessible again on January 8th.

The diversion traffic runs mainly along the Tauern axis. Individual trains could also be re-routed via Switzerland.

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Netzleitung SBB, 0041 512 25 08 60

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For important informations during the closure of the „Brenner Service-Stelle“ the following adresses are reachable:
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Betriebsführungszentrale Innsbruck Betriebskoordinator, 0043 1 93000 860 4510, bfzi-beko@oebb.at
Betriebsführungszentrale Villach Betriebskoordinator, 0043 1 93000 855 1200, bfzv-beko@oebb.at
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"Brenner Service-Stelle" will be available for the coordination of train paths via Bthe renner from 2nd January 2018, 08h00 am on:
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Brenner-Service-Stelle 0043 1 93000 8629 381 bf-be-nb1@oebb.at
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If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the listed contacts of ÖBB Infra!

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Queue for coffee with...

... Andrea Marco Penso, Business Development, DB Cargo Italia S.r.l.

Can you tell us about your role on ScanMed RFC?

In my very recently acquired role as RAG-speaker, I try to draw the attention of the Corridor Management to those topics that we RUs feel are being important for operating on the Corridor. Actually, many RUs - mainly the smaller ones - deserve to be more involved and integrated. For this reason, I try to start a dialogue with them in order to better understand their vision and aims. This is easier for me on that part of the corridor I am more familiar with, which is the Southern part. I do believe that the RAGs could and should become more effective in their task to advise IMs and Ministries on the matters which do really make a difference. Being personally active on different Corridors, I hope this could enable me in future to fruitfully transfer best practices between different realities in Europe.

What are the biggest challenges on ScanMed RFC?

ScanMed is one of the longest RFCs. As such, it crosses regions with a big variety of mentalities and working philosophies. Used right, this diverse environment means a huge chance to generate enrichment for all of us. However, unfortunately, in the rail transport system, it ends up in a patchwork of different processes that create enormous hurdles for the development of our business. As railroaders are used to run on tracks, it is necessary to find the way to adopt the same processes and rules all over the European network. The Corridor organization has this task and it is a particularly ambitious task for a corridor of 7.500 km length through 6 countries.

What are the next plans?

My overall headline is to invest in networking with all relevant stakeholders with focus on increasing simplification, harmonization and interoperability.

More in detail, after my short experience as RAG-speaker, I feel the targets set out below as the ones to be followed closer:

  • Succeeding of the tail plate pilot in Italy and then extension of its usage on the entire corridor and further on the Italian rail network
  • Further development and harmonization of timetable planning processes i.e. increase the quality of Corridor cross-border coordinated paths and of the coordination of works, as well as implement the reform of international timetable processes (“Timetable redesign” or TTR)
  • Expedited and increasingly RU-favorable harmonization of operational rules and TAF-TSI implementation along the Corridor (braking rules, Train Composition Message, ETCS deployment)
  • Seamless border crossing at the Brenner as well as smooth and easy operations through the future Brenner Base Tunnel

Where do you want ScanMed RFC to be in 10 years?

As harsh as it might sound, but is very honest: in the long run - maybe much longer than 10 years - I would like ScanMed RFC and all other RFCs not to exist anymore. However, don’t get me wrong. I mean it in the way that we really will have managed to realize a totally integrated and interoperable European rail network where the rail freight transport has the highest thinkable degree of freedom to develop. This is my vision.

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Queue for coffee with...

...Harald Hotz, Head of International Relations at ÖBB Infra and Head of RailNetEurope

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October 25th 2017: RAG TAG Meeting

Following a fruitful meeting in Malmö, the Corridor looks forward to welcoming the Advisory Groups Railway Undertakings (RAG) and Terminals (TAG) on 25th October from 09h45 to 16h00 in Verona

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April 11th 2017: Multi-corridor view as a new functionality in the Customer Information Platform

The takeover of the Customer Information Platform (CIP) by RailNetEurope (RNE) and its rollout to six participating Rail Freight Corridors (RFCs) made it possible for the CIP to become a multi-corridor tool providing harmonised information processes. This included the possibility for users to navigate easily between the information for individual RFCs displayed on the CIP.

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