Rail Corridor F
Study exploiting the possibility of creating a rail freight corridor linking Belgium and Poland
The goal of this study was to evaluate the potential for further development, identify barriers for development on the rail market and propose specific measures to improve the conditions on the rail freight market focusing on the Belgium-Poland corridor.
TML focused on the current situation on the market and its' potential for further development by analyzing the rail freight flows between Belgium and Poland and between Belgium and the Czech Republic. Overall, it can be concluded that current rail freight volumes in the corridor Belgium-Poland/Czech Republic are limited to about 169.000 tons towards Poland and 23.000 tons towards the Czech Republic. Towards Belgium, about 332.000 tons are coming from Poland and about 100.000 tons from the Czech Republic. Future transport flows were calculated for 3 scenarios (low, middle, high), but did not take into account specific developments in the rail freight market or on the corridor. In the middle scenario it is expected that the volumes would about double by 2030.
In more detail, it could be concluded that especially metal products (regarding both Poland and the Czech Republic) and containerized goods (between Belgium and Czech Republic) show a strong growth on these corridors. Analysis of the intermodal transport between Belgium and Poland showed the highest potential for rail transport on the corridor between Belgium and the centre (Pozan-Warsaw) and the South (Wroclaw-Katowice of Poland), for high and low weight density goods and for predictable transport.
Eef Delhaye, Isaak Yperman
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