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Rail Freight Corridor North Sea – Baltic  was established in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 913/2010.  Its geographical outline includes also changes in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 1315/2013 and 1316/2013 and the Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2015/1111.


Rail Freight Corridor North Sea – Baltic  runs through six of EU Member States: starting in North Sea ports of Wilhelmshaven,  Bremerhaven, Hamburg and Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerpen spreading in central Germany through Aachen – Hannover/Berlin – Warsaw – Terespol (Poland-Belarus border) / Kaunas / Falkenberg – Prague / Wroclaw – Katowice. It is intended also to gradually extend Rail Freight Corridor North Sea – Baltic by 2020 to Estonia, Latvia and towards Poland – Ukraine border.


Rail Freight Corridor North Sea – Baltic includes more than 6000 km of railway lines and connects the most important North Sea ports with Central Europe and the Baltic States.


Regulation (EU) No 913/2010 provides for the implementation of corridors allowing freight trains to benefit from high quality routes, offering better services (in terms of punctuality and journey time) than at present. The principal guidelines specified by the Regulation focus on:

  • establishing a Corridor One Stop Shop;
  • closer cooperation and harmonization between infrastructure managers and member states both for the operational management of the infrastructure and for investments, in particular by putting in place a governance structure for each corridor;
  • increased coordination between the network and terminals (maritime and inland ports and marshalling yards);
  • providing the reliability of the infrastructure capacities allocated to international freight on these corridors. 

The corridor is operational since November 2015.


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Thursday, 03 March 2016
On February 23 the Launching Event was held for Rail Fraight Corridors: Scanmed, Atlantic, Baltic-Adriatic, and NorthSea-Baltic. The eventwas took place in the Hofburg Palace, Vienna.  The...
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