International transport corridors on SŽ rail network

Achieving a modal shift from road to rail is one of the main goals of the European transport policy. To this aim, we are working to enhance cooperation between the Infrastructure Managers as regards the allocation of international train paths in rail freight and optimize the utilization of rail infrastructure. 

Establishing a European rail network for competitive freight is the main objective of Regulation (EU) No 913/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 September 2010. The Regulation sets out rules for the establishment and organisation of international rail corridors for competitive rail freight, while laying down the rules for the selection, organisation, management and the indicative investment planning of freight corridors. The annex to this regulation sets out nine initial freight corridors together with the dates by which each respective corridor must be made operational.

Under the Regulation, Slovenske železnice, d.o.o. is actively involved in two such initial freight corridors, namely:

• Rail Freight Corridor 5 (RFC 5), which corresponds with the Baltic-Adriatic Corridor, and has the following alignment: Gdynia-Katowice-Ostrava/Žilina-Bratislava/Vienna/Klagenfurt-Udine-Venice/Trieste/Bologna/Ravenna/Graz-Maribor-Ljubljana-Koper/Trieste;  

• Rail Freight Corridor 6 (RFC 6), which corresponds with the Mediterranean Corridor, and has the following alignment: Almeria-Valencia/Madrid-Zaragoza/Barcelona-Marseille-Lyon-Turin-Milano-Verona-Padova/Venice-Trieste/Koper-Ljubljana-Budapest-Zahony (Hungarian-Ukranian border).