On 25 September 2019 the Polish railway sector association ProKolej organized a conference “Rail 22 – Masterplan for rail freight” at TRAKO, the biggest railway fair in Central-Eastern Europe, taking place each second year in Gdańsk in Poland. The Managing Director of the Amber RFC, Dr. Gerhard Troche, represented the corridor in the roundtable.
An important question discussed at the Roundtable concerned the contribution, which RFCs in general and the Amber RFC in particular could provide to facilitate cross-border rail freight. Dr. Troche emphasized the role of the corridor as a contact point for customers to request capacity and of the corridor’s governance structure as a platform to discuss with customers issues in international rail freight. He draw the attention to the close cooperation and exchange with customers, resulting for example in an Action Plan recently adopted by the Management Board of the Amber Rail Freight Corridor and addressing various key issues raised by the corridor’s Advisory Groups.
Further questions taken up at the Roundtable concerned market changes in rail freight and how the sector should respond to these in the best way; the issue of how declining coal volumes could be replaced with new business was a point receiving particular attention. The growth of intermodal traffic in Poland was seen as a very positive development in this context. Also the aspect of "e-mobility" was raised, where Dr. Troche emphasized that the Amber RFC - as well as other RFCs - already today provide "e-mobility for freight" over thousands of kilometers across Europe.
The Roundtable was preceded by an introductory presentation of Dr. Jana Pieregud from the Warsaw School of Economics, who presented the history of corridor developments in Europe and particularly highlighted the Amber RFC. Dr. Troche also had the opportunity to exchange views with and to hand over a RFC-Amber promotional wagon to Dr. Jakub Majewski, President of the Board of ProKolej. They agreed to continue the exchange between ProKolej and the Amber Rail Freight Corridor at future occasions.
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