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2nd TransportNET Research Seminar on Railway Policy


The political economy of the Rotterdam-Genova rail freight corridor
KIT Karlsruhe, 12 July 2012


The “Rail Freight Corridor #1” connects the North Sea ports Rotterdam and Antwerp to the German and Swiss industrial centers along the river Rhine, then with the North-Western Italian industrial centers and finally the port of Genova. Several other important freight lines feed on it (like Hamburg-Rhine/Ruhr) or are affected by it (like parallel routes in the East or West). When it comes to investments, standards, access charges and access conditions to the corridor, five countries have to come to an accord preferably for the whole corridor. The aim of this seminar is to address the main issues of transport policies for the rail freight corridor #1.

The seminar is organized by Prof. Kay Mitusch (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, KIT) and Prof. Yves Crozet (Université de Lyon). It is the second of a series of TransportNet seminars on railway policies. 


  • "The Swiss transport policies and the NEAT project (Gothard and Loetschberg basis tunnels)", Prof. Panos Tzieropoulos, EPFL - Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
  • "Investments, congestion, noise, and other policy issues of the German part of the Rotterdam-Genova corridor", Prof. Jürgen Siegmann, TU Berlin
  • "Bottlenecks in the Italian part of the Rotterdam-Genova corridor and the chances of Italian ports to substitute corridor freight", Marco Antognoli, Sapienza Università di Roma
  • "Socioeconomic advantages of FERRMED Standards implementation in the Rotterdam-Genova Corridor", Joan Amoros, FERRMED Secretary General
  • "Large transport infrastructure project and European transport policy: the case of the Betuwe Route", Dr. Laurent Guihery, Florent Laroche, LET - Université Lumière Lyon 2
  • "The future prospects of Rail Freight Corridor #2 (Rotterdam – Antwerp – Luxembourg – Basel/Lyon)", Paul Mazataud, Managing Director EEIG Corridor C/2
  • "The future prospects of Rail Freight Corridor #3 (including Hamburg – Brenner – Verona) and its relationship to Corridor #1", Prof. Sebastian Kummer, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Institut für Transportwirtschaft und Logistik