Capacity

RFC North Sea - Med has a unique contact point for requesting international capacity: the one-stop shop (OSS).

Contact details

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.

More information in the CID, Book IV

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 timetable 2019 for Ad-Hoc Path Requests (Reserve Capacity) has most recently been updated in PCS on the 2nd of  October 2018.

Catalogue of timetable 2019 pre-arranged paths - Reserve Capacity - Updated version on 3rd of October 2018: excel

To consult the figures about the capacity offer of all Rail Freight Corridors for timetable 2019: Click here

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.

If you are not already a user of PCS and wish to use it, please contact oss@rfc2.eu

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, 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.

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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 2019: 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)
  • applicants
  • regulatory control

Framework for capacity allocation for timetable 2019 (Can also be found as an annex to  CID Book 4 )

Appeal Procedure

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.