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“a transport study
with a european dimension”

ScanMED: Study for the development of the North-South European commercial rail corridor



Implementation Period

2013 – 2014

Fee Amount

€ 289.400


Deutsche Bahn

Services provided

Transport Market Study (TMS)


To make the European rail freight network competitive, EU regulation 913/2010 stipulates the implementation of nine first freight transport corridors and a package of measures to improve their efficiency. The “Oslo/Stockholm-Malmö-Copenhagen-Hamburg-Innsbruck-Verona-Palermo” railway junctions  consists of Rail Freight Corridor No. 3 (RFC 3).

The main goal of the Transport Market Study (TMS) was to provide RFC 3 infrastructure managers with specific information and advice on the development of the goods market and the future demand of customers along the corridor. Therefore, the study is an important prerequisite for the implementation of RFC 3.

In order to achieve these objectives, the study focuses on the following main themes:

  • The current situation’s analysis and evaluation of the transport market covering all modes of transport;
  • Forecasting the development of the market based on an analysis of the development of socio-economic trends;
  • Analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) of rail freight traffic in the corridor;
  • Definition of the operational and organisational interventions of rail freight traffic in order to improve the competitiveness of the sector;
  • Assistance to infrastructure managers and the allocation body to define the parameters for the allocation of the rail route.

In detail, therefore, the research has investigated the dimension of the phenomenon in terms of demand for moving goods along the band crossed by the corridor; the needs of the stakeholders to whom the project has to give an answer; the elements relating to the infrastructure and services of alternative modes of transport which could have influenced the palatability of the corridor.

The Project’s client was the group of infrastructure managers in the countries involved  (for Italy, RFI) coordinated by DB (German railways): the consultants were a group of companies, one for each country crossed, coordinated by the German consultant. NET Engineering has developed the study for the part included in the Italian territory on behalf of RFI. The Transport Market Study has, thus, performed the function of support instrument to the railway infrastructures managers of the different countries crossed, assisting them in the financing choices, in the activation of the services and in defining the priorities of the infrastructural interventions.

An integral part of the project was the organisation of modulated interviews on stakeholders (logistics centers and operators, port authorities and operators, large production centres, railway companies, etc.) to understand problems, needs and expectations.

The study has excelled with two very important issues:

  • Data retrieval for the quantification of freight demand – the only real source is Eurostat.(It should be considered that the freight market, especially in Italy, it’s extremely fragmented and there are no detailed official data sources useful to an in-depth study);
  • The conduct of interviews with stakeholders: subjects often heterogeneous, geographically scattered and carriers of different interests.

A project with a deep communitarian dimension that has explored the relevant theme of European mobility corridors from a qualitative, quantitative and technical point of view, understanding the dynamics, the critical issues and the prospects for tomorrow.

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