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 2018, for Late Path Requests and Ad-Hoc Path Requests (Reserve Capacity) has been updated in PCS on the 3rd of July 2017. An overview is available in excel and pdf.

The PaP catalogue for timetable 2019 is available in PCS on the 8th of January 2018.

Catalogue of timetable 2018 pre-arranged paths - Reserve Capacity - Updated version on 29th of November 2017: pdf - excel

Catalogue of timetable 2019 pre-arranged paths - Version on 8 January 2018: Click here

To consult the figures about the capacity offer of all Rail Freight Corridors: 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 request for capacity have to be made through the web application Path Coordination System (PCS). This RNE tool handles the pre-coordination process between applicants and the coordination process with infrastructure managers/allocation bodies.

If you are not already a user of PCS and wish to use it, please contact

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.

When is capacity available to order ?

For a defined timetable, RFC North Sea - Med publishes capacity at three different times:

  • 2nd Monday of January until 2nd Monday in April (the year before the train run)
  • approximately end of April for late paths requests
  • mid October until 21 days before the train run. This capacity is called reserve capacity.

To consult the C-OSS Calender for 2018: 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 2018 (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.