The number of freight transports by rail in Europe has almost doubled since 2005. Within the EU, nine international Rail Freight Corridors (RFCs) are under construction to revitalise the freight system and make it more energy efficient.
“By making the information easily accessible and having common goals, freight transport will run more smoothly and bottlenecks will be prevented,” Kyster-Hansen explains.
“Technical harmonisation between nations and a co-ordination of maintenance and investment along the tracks are also important.”
The corridor that encompasses Sweden is number three, Central North-South Corridor, which runs from Stockholm to Palermo. The first six RFCs will be finished as soon as November this year, and the other three in November 2015, including Stockholm-Palermo.
“It’s about making sure there are well-planned timetables through the countries so that transport is cohesive from A to B, and this means we need to work with cross-border traffic information,” says Kyster-Hansen.