Our annual report 2018 has been published on our website.
2018 marks a pause in the 4-year continuous growth on rail freight traffic on our lines.
For the first time since the start of the Corridor, 5 years ago, and after an exceptional year 2017 where the traffic progressed for almost +20% in one year, 2018 marked unfortunately a decline of rail freight traffic of -10%, bringing the growth of freight traffic since the launch of the Corridor to a +24% in 5 years. This counter-performance is mainly due to strikes in France in the second quarter of 2018, and to the application of new safety instructions on works in Belgium in the third quarter of 2018. Fortunately, in the fourth quarter of 2018, traffic is back at the same level as the one observed in 2017 around the same period.
These conjunctural events show the necessity to implement measures that will reinforce the market's resistance for the future.
The Rail Freight Corridor North Sea – Mediterranean annual report 2018 with full details, facts & figures, can be found using this link to our website: https://www.rfc-northsea-med.eu/en/page/publications or directly by clicking here.
We wish you a pleasant reading of this document and hope that, in 2019, we will continue to work closely together towards the successful development of the corridor.
Valérie Verzele, Chair of the Executive Board of RFC NSM
Michaël Dierickx, Chair of the Assembly of the Management Baord of RFC NSM
Guillaume Confais-Morieux, Managing Director of RFC NSM