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First Eurasian Connectivity and Industrial Cooperation Forum

Zhengzhou, Noble International Hotel

Efficient development of the European and Eurasian railway system

The conference will identify efficient development steps for the European and Eurasian railway freight system for shorter door to-door lead times, lower logistics costs and better service.

We will consider these central issues and recommendations:

  • Prioritization of Eurasian corridors
  • Strategic Eurasian mega-terminals: recommended characteristics and classification
  • Eurasian railway system: key topics for connectivity and compatibility
  • FERRMED Multisectoral Working Groups: European/Eurasian focus. Working groups: infrastructure, operations and rolling stock. Smart ways to ensure interpenetration of European and Asian railway flows.
  • Specific Silk Road projects and success stories
  • Possibilities for financing


Key topics for the enhancement of the European/Eurasian railway system

We seek to define a process for identifying (1) main ways of enhancing the European/Eurasian railway system from the shipper’s viewpoint and (2) main countermeasures that solve existing problems and meet targets for each topic by 2020, 2025 and 2030 with minimal investment.

We need to consider the following basis topics, particularly on the European railway network but also on the Eurasian corridors.



Key topics:

  • Removing existing and potential bottlenecks
  • Longer freight trains; Eurasian perspective
  • Harmonized management of international freight trains, including non-discriminatory track access and path allocation
  • Loading gauge that allows transport of truck trailers
  • Existence and accessibility of efficient terminals. Types: (1) strategic Eurasian mega-terminals, (2)        regional distribution terminals and (3) gauge-change terminals.
  • In both infrastructure and locomotives, compatibility of signaling (ERTMS in Europe),

            electrification system, and other operational systems.

  • Implementation of the FERRMED wagon concept; Eurasian perspective
  • Rolling stock availability: interoperable; available for rent; meet market needs and standards.
  • Integrated management and tracking of freight trains, including data sharing and elimination of data breaks at borders; Eurasian perspective
  • Favorable and homogenous fees for access to track and other facilities
  • Extension of dual-gauge lines on basis of business needs
  • Rebuild railway lines to avoid ruling grades over 12 per 1000 and allowing 22.5 tons per axle (25 on new lines).
  • Share freight transport information among actors in the multimodal network.
  • Freight flows balancing in main railway routes.
  • Reduction of the environmental impact of rail freight, particularly noise, vibration and greenhouse-gas emissions.
  • Common training for drivers and traffic controllers at EU level.
  • Consideration of private-public partnerships for better infrastructure and rolling stock
  • Promote exchange of experience and highlight success stories


Expected results

The expected results of the improvement plan for each topic are as follows:

  • Significant increase in railway market share
  • Optimization of multimodal flows
  • Drastically shorter lead time (over 50%) and better reliability
  • 25% lower logistics cost
  • Freight trains able to carry 224 TEUs
  • 50% more line capacity
  • Continuous and full online information
  • Reduce wagon tare by 2 tons
  • Much less noise and vibration
  • Much lower greenhouse-gas emissions