Rail Freight Market Study Corridor C (Future Corridor 2)

From 2012 to 2013
EU Regulation 913/2010 concerning a European rail network for competitive freight foresees the implementation of nine initial rail freight corridors. The freight corridor Rotterdam-Antwerp-Luxembourg-Metz-Dijon-Lyon/Basel (“Corridor 2/Corridor C”) is one of them.

According to this regulation a study had to be conducted to analyse the transport market on the corridor and to elaborate valuable input to the implementation plan.

TML collaborated on this transport market study with NEA (lead) and EGIS. TML was primarily involved in traffic forecasting for which we used the TRANS-TOOLS model. TML also led the tasks on the geographic and socio-economic context and was involved in the stakeholder questionnaire.

In 2010 there were about 34 000 international trains on the corridor sections, including empty trains. The international goods transported on the corridor comprise 75% industrial goods (bulk, metal, agriculture, etc.) and 25% miscellaneous goods mainly transported in containers. The latter category is the fastest growing market. Rail modal split is currently at 8.1% of the total freight transport in the corridor geographical area. The Antwerp region is the most active on the corridor.

The objective of the interviews was to acquire an insight into the advantages and disadvantages of the rail system on Corridor 2. The overall opinion is that Corridor 2 has good prospects, but it is essential that improvements be implemented on the service, organizational, operational and technical levels. An overview of the main barriers for the development of the corridor, according to the respondents, is also provided.

The forecasts were made using the TRANS-TOOLS model v2.5 and were based on data gathered within the project. Two economic background scenarios (high economic growth and low economic growth), a reference scenario and a project scenario were analysed for three points in time: 2014, 2020 and 2030. Compared to today, the project scenario leads to an additional growth in the number of trains of around 9% in the low growth scenario and 25% in the high growth scenario by 2030.


From 2012 to 2013


GEIE – Groupement Européen d’interet Economique Corridor 2



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