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SIL Railway session


The SIL Railway session will be on June 1th in Barcelona at the Fira de Barcelona Montjuic Exhibition Hall.





FERRMED Study of Traffic and Modal Shift Optimisation in the EU

Presentation of key early conclusions

  • High priority investments required in 17,800 km of railway corridors (approx. 27% of the EU Core Network. (lines represented in blue colour in the attached map “EU Central Backbone Network”)
  • Second priority investments in 8,100 km of railway corridors (approx. 12% of the EU Core Network). (lines represented in red colour in the attached map “EU Extended Backbone Network”)
  • Main logistics hubs in the EU identified. (EU strategic HUBS).
  • Urgent need for implementation of the FERRMED fast, flexible, integrated system of transport (+FIRRST).

This is the only way to achieve the EU Green Deal Targets in the land transport system and should be included in any solution negotiated at COP26

Considering there has been no increase in rail freight share (~18% of land transport system in the EU) in the last 18 years, and that the EU Transport Core Network is too vast (~70,000 km) the shift from road to rail requires: the concentration of investments in a subset of the Core Network (sections with the highest traffic) and the development of the “FERRMED fast, flexible, integrated rail-road system of transport (+FIRRST)”, able to move isolated truck trailers and containers (ILUs) in a quick and efficient way to all kinds of destinations, properly combining train and truck as a single logistic element (considering the railway at the service of the road).

Never has such a detailed Study of EU land freight transport enhancements been carried out. The conclusions of the Study could facilitate the establishment of a coherent transportation network improvement plan at EU level, to attain the EU targets in railway share by 2030 and the Green Deal environmental achievements with regard to the EU transportation system.

It is a huge Study requiring 3,600 people-days and a task force which includes 25 experts (engineers, economists, geographers, architects, etc) from all over the EU. We envisage the completion of the Study by September 2022.

You can check the programme draft in the attached file.