RFC North Sea – Baltic extended to include Medyka, Gent and Zeebrugge
As of this week, the Rail Freight Corridor North Sea – Baltic (RFC NS-B) is extended to include the Polish town of Medyka in the east as well as the ports of Gent and Zeebrugge in the west. The extension means the inclusion of the cross border port area North Sea port, which consists of the ports of Gent and of Terneuzen in the Netherlands.
The RFC NS-B’s principle line runs to Gent, while Terneuzen is serviced by a so-called connecting line. The extension is aimed at solidifying the freight corridor’s role in bridging European and Asian markets, as well as improving connections between Eastern and Western European markets. In order to stream line access to the corridor, capacity can now be requested via a the so-called Corridor One Stop Shop.
The extension to the western ports was supported by Infrabel and ProRail, the Belgian and Dutch rail infrastructure managers, respectively. Connecting Medyka sits well with their Polish counterpart PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe’s diversification strategy.
RFC NS-B was set up in November 2015 and runs across eight EU countries and services 14 seaports and 257 terminals. The freight corridor consists of over 5,200 kilometres of main lines and 2.552 diversionary lines. Additionally, there are are 891 kilometres of connecting lines. A further 960 kilometers of rail is planned.