On behalf of Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia and Poland, the Hungarian Ministry of National Development submitted to the European Commission a Letter of Intent for the establishment of a new Amber Rail Freight Corridor No. 11 with the aim to facilitate cross-border rail freight. The corridor links inter alia GYSEV’s intermodal terminal in Sopron with the Slovenian seaport of Koper and key terminals and industrial regions in Slovenia, Slovakia and Poland.
The Amber Rail Freight Corridor No.11 is the first new EU Rail Freight Corridor to be established after the setting up of the nine initial Rail Freight Corridors defined in 2010 by EU-Regulation 913/2010 concerning a European Rail Network for Competitive Freight.
The countries and railway infrastructure managers participating in the new corridor are committed to develop it as an integral part of the network of Rail Freight Corridors to the benefit of freight train operators, rail logistics companies and shippers.
The Regulation (EU) 913/2010 leaves the room for expansion of the existing Rail Freight Corridors which means that the Amber corridor may be extended and also further developed by additional line extensions to further Member States in the future based on market demand and of course, a mutual consent of the respective Member States.
The rail network of GYSEV is at the heart of this corridor which links inter alia GYSEV’s intermodal terminal in Sopron with the Slovenian seaport of Koper and key terminals and industrial regions in Slovenia, Slovakia and Poland.
Mr. Kövesdi, CEO of GYSEV, underlines: “The Amber Rail Freight Corridor No.11 has a strategic value for us and will help GYSEV to strengthen its position on the North-South axis, which after investments into electrification of the North-South line and ongoing and planned infrastructure upgrades on the GYSEV network becomes an increasingly attractive route for international North-South rail freight east of the Alps and for Combined Traffic services from and to our intermodal terminal in Sopron”.
On the East-West axis GYSEV already participates in the Orient-East Med Rail Freight Corridor No.7 and will also be part of the future Rhine-Danube Rail Freight Corridor No.9. Ms Mosóczi, Head of International Relations at GYSEV, explains: “Based on this experience, we have actively supported the efforts to set up an EU Rail Freight Corridor on the North-South axis; with the signing of the Letter of Intent by the Ministries of all four Member States we now see the fruits of our work and our excellent co-operation with the Ministry and European Commission experts.”
Mr. János Skala, CEO of GYSEV Cargo, adds: “As a freight train operator and customer of the Rail Freight Corridors we are familiar with all the challenges and hurdles cross-border rail freight is facing today. We very much welcome the establishment of the Amber Rail Freight Corridor in order to tackle these issues and see it as an important instrument to develop and implement smooth and harmonized solutions for the provision and management of international rail freight capacity”.
Mr. Péter Schöberl, Business Development Director of GYSEV Cargo, welcomes the initiative very much as GYSEV Cargo currently puts increasing emphasis on a project which aims to develop the connectivity between Poland and the Adriatic ports of Slovenia and Northern-Italy via the hub of Sopron. He is convinced that the establishment of the new Amber Rail Freight Corridor will help to strengthen the competitiveness of rail and contribute to shift long-distance road traffic to rail.