As Infrastructure Manager, we contribute towards creating a single European railway area by carrying out projects to improve the network in line with standardised Community technical and safety rules, essential for making the various national railway systems interoperable.

We participate at all levels (decision-making, management and operations) in cooperation activities with the other European managers, in particular along the freight corridors and multi-modal corridors of the TEN-T network, in order to increase rail's competitiveness compared to other transport methods and laying the groundwork for achieving the 2030 and 2050 European sustainability and modal share objectives established by the 2011 White Paper and strengthened by the December 2020 "Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy".

We carefully and continuously monitor all international activities aimed at increasing the competitiveness of railway transport in compliance with Community regulations and within the framework of constructive partnerships with other European infrastructure managers on a bilateral and multilateral basis to share processes and IT systems.

The creation of a single European railway area requires a great commitment from infrastructure managers to ensure a competitive railway market and a interoperable and high-performance network. The process of liberalising the railway sector, which began in 2001, was carried out over the last twenty years through four railway packages and will be completed with the 2021 timetable with the full opening of national and international passenger and freight transport in Europe.

The interoperability of the national rail networks is planned for 2030 on the lines belonging to the so-called European TEN-T core network by fully implementing standardised performance, technical and safety standards at European level. 

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10 May 2024
RFI, approved project of upgrading projects to 740m train lenght of Pontedera and Palmanova Stations

In order to meet the demand of freight railway companies to run trains of 740 metres in length, and also comply with the infrastructure adaptation obligations set out in EU Regulation 1315/2013, Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI) is carrying out interventions on the national network to adapt the lines to this standard. Making infrastructures more modern and accessible to longer, heavier and more hig...

20 December 2021
The Rail Freight Corridors’ 2020 annual reports now online

Published the summary documents of the main operational-institutional activities carried out by the Scandinavian-Mediterranean, Rhine-Alpine, Mediterranean and Baltic-Adriatic Corridors in 2020