RFC North Sea - Med has a unique contact point for requesting international capacity: the one-stop shop (OSS).
By mail: oss(at)rfc2.eu
By phone: +32 2 432 28 08
By mobile: +32 492 914 976
By post: RFC2-OSS Fonsnylann 13 B-1060 Brussels - Belgium
The OSS can be reached all week during office hours, except on Belgium bank holidays.
RFC North Sea - Med offers capacity shaped according to international rail freight market demand. This capacity takes the form of "off the shelf" paths, reserved for international freight and that can either be requested for the next timetable or, for more flexibility, at short term notice.
Pre-Arranged Path Catalogues
The pre-arranged paths which can currently be ordered via PCS are described in the following files:
- The PaP catalogue for the Annual Timetable 2020, including Rolling Planning PaPs for the TTR pilot lines between Rotterdam and Antwerp: excel (If file doesn't open, click on 'Save As')
- The Reserve Capacity Catalogue for Timetable 2019 (Ad Hoc requests): excel (If file doesn't open, click on 'Save As')
Who can apply for capacity ?
As stated in Regulation 913/2010, railway undertakings, international groupings that they make up and other entities such as shippers, freight forwarders and combined transport operators may require capacity on the corridor.
When placing a first request for the concerning timetable in PCS, every applicant requesting PaP sections has to accept the RFC General Terms and Conditions by clicking and accepting a pop-up message. These Terms and Conditions can be consulted in PCS at the moment the pop-up message is shown. More information can be found here.
How to apply for capacity ?
All requests for capacity have to be made through the web application Path Coordination System (PCS). Via this RNE tool, the pre-coordination process between applicants and the coordination process with infrastructure managers/allocation bodies, under coordination of the C-OSS, is handled.
A PCS training was organised on the 30th and 31st of January 2019 in Brussels, jointly organised by the RFC North-Sea Med, Atlantic, Mediterranean and North Sea - Baltic. All meeting documentation (presentations and use cases) can be found here.
If you are not already a user of PCS and wish to use it, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The same applies for all information on the tool or requests for individualised trainings.
What capacity is available ?
RFC North Sea - Med offers international capacity in the shape of pre-arranged paths.
If the pre-arranged path does not cover the entire requested path, the applicant can request a feeder or outflow path together with the pre-arranged path request. For timetable 2019 and 2020, the RFC North Sea - Med has tried to maximise the capacity offer via the C-OSS, in publishing all harmonised international capacity via PaP. For the border points of Essen/Roosendaal and Aubange/Rodange, this means that all possible slots for international freight trains are available via the Corridor.
When is capacity available to order ?
For a defined timetable, RFC North Sea - Med publishes capacity two times:
- 2nd Monday of January until 2nd Monday in April (the year before the train run)
- approximately beginning of May, for late paths requests and ad-hoc path requests until 30 days before the train run. This capacity is called reserve capacity and may be updated during the publication period.
To consult the C-OSS Calender for 2020: Click here
Framework For Capacity Allocation
The allocation of capacity on RFC North Sea - Med is performed in accordance with the Framework for capacity allocation, established by the Executive board of the corridor. This document provides the principles of :
- supply of PaPs and reserve capacity by the national infrastructure managers and allocation bodies
- allocation of PaPs and reserve capacity by the C-OSS (it includes the priority rule to apply in case of conflicting applications)
- regulatory control
Framework for capacity allocation for timetable 2019 (Can also be found as an annex to CID Book 4)
Framework for capacity allocation for timetable 2020 (Can also be found as an annex to CID Book 4)
Based on Article 20 of Regulation (EU) No 913/2010: in case of complaints regarding the allocation of PaPs (e.g. due to a decision based on the priority rules for allocation), the applicants may address the relevant Regulatory Body (RB) as stated in the Cooperation Agreement signed between RBs on the Corridor. Please find this Cooperation Agreement here.