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On 26, 27, and 28 March the Freight and Terminal Forum is taking place in Utrecht, the Netherlands. This is the live blog, with news updates, videos and interviews of this first freight edition of the RailTech. On day 3 (28 March), the conference about terminal efficiency takes place. In addition, various workshops are organised.
9.50: Reinhard Haller from the European Commission takes the stage. He talks about the role of the commission in developing efficient terminals. “Of the projects proposed for EU funding in 2019, there were 20 projects related to terminals. A total of 106 million Euros was recommended.” The final decision about the proposals will be taken in April.
He noted that there is no such thing as a single EU terminal strategy. However, it is an important element in its multimodal policy.
Haller also provided an update about the latest state of affairs regarding the Combined Transport Directive. No agreement was reached between the commission, council and parliament on Wednesday 27 March. The negotiations have been suspended for an unknown period of time.
9.25: Peter Pardoel, Board Member of Cabooter Group from the Netherlands takes the stage. He provides the keynote speech, based on his experience building terminals in Venlo. “A terminal should be completely integrated in the logistics chain”, he said.
9.10: John Voppen of Dutch infrastructure manager Prorail talks about sharing data. “In the end, the sector does not need ProRail anymore”, he said. Sharing data is needed to make sure that scare capacity is used efficiently. “Every time a train misses a slot, we miss out on capacity.”
9.00: start of the conference Improving Rail Terminal Efficiency. Chairman of the day Ralf-Charley Schultze opens the floor.
Three days of free workshops are lined up about topics as the first high-speed railway service for freight, the Swiss modal shift policy or railway for 740-metre trains. All topics are relevant to the rail freight sector. They are free of charge for visitors of the Freight and Terminal Forum. Once you have registered for the event, you can visit the workshop programme and sign up for the session of your choice.
On 28 March a conference takes place about terminal efficiency for rail. Moderated by Ral-Charley Schultze, Head of the UIRR, this day brings together stakeholders from the rail freight and terminal industries. Terminals and rail are intrinsically linked. Efficient terminal can improve the attractiveness of rail freight considerably. Topics to be discussed are terminal policy, time of arrival, data sharing, digitalisation and automation. You can register for this event here.
This article first appeared on www.railfreight.com
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