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On 25 November a train derailed between Komárom and Komárno, in Slovakia, damaging overhead lines and the tracks.

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The Rail Freight Corridors, in close cooperation with RNE (Rail Net Europe), are pleased to announce a number of PCS trainings scheduled in early 2023.

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Dear Partner, we would hereby like to kindly ask you to participate in a short Customer Satisfaction Survey.

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On 7 October 2022 RFC Amber and RFC Baltic-Adriatic held their first joint meeting with the Railway and Terminal Advisory Groups of both corridors. The meeting took place in the Czech capital Prague, in the presence of Ms. Anne E. Jensen, EU-Coordinator for the Baltic-Adriatic Core Network Corridor.

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Publication of Reserved Capacity for Timetable 2023

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RFC Amber is presenting its third Annual Report. This new report gives a comprehensive summary about the activities and achievements of 2021. In spite of this situation of uncertainty, several important achievements of RFC Amber during 2021 deserve to be highlighted.

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Update of 12.07.2022: The restoration works have been finished, both tracks are operational. There is a speed restriction of 40 km/h at the scene of the accident (approximately 100m long).

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RFC Amber was well present at the Connecting Europe Days, which took place in Lyon from 28-30 June. Our corridor participated in the joint stand of the RFC Network and RailNetEurope and the RFC Amber team had many useful talks with stakeholders and Representatives of the European Commission.

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Both tracks are operational between Szob and Nagymaros.

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On 30 May Mr Kristian Schmidt, Director “Land Transport” at DG MOVE, addressed a letter to railway Infrastructure Managers in Europe, including RFC AMBER Members, on EU-Ukraine Solidarity Lanes. His letter included a map of Rail Freight Corridors, border crossing points and ports, which can be used when considering the export of Ukrainian products by rail. RFC AMBER is among the corridors explicitly outlined in this tentative map.

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Hungarian railway Infrastructure Manager MÁV is currently implementing a project to facilitate cross-border operation of freight trains on three border sections between Hungary and Slovakia. Two of the sections, Komárom (HU) – Komárno (SK) and Hidasnémeti (HU) – Čaňa (SK) belong to RFC AMBER, of which we share the first one with our partner corridor RFC Orient/East-Med. A third rail border crossing, Bánréve – Lenartovce, is also part of the project.

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RFC Network RNE sessions programs will continue with the 3rd session which will focus on Customer Information Platform and Rail Facilities Portal.

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The Pre-arranged Paths (PaPs) on RFC Amber for Timetable 2023 have been published

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The annual User Satisfaction Surveys (USS) of the EU Rail Freight Corridors were recently concluded for the year 2021. It is encourageing for RFC AMBER, that the results for our corridor show clear improvements compared to the previous year, when RFC AMBER participated for the first time in the survey. At the same time the survey also revealed room for further improvement.

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After a very successful introduction of virtual sessions hosted by the RFC Network together with RailNetEurope (RNE) to celebrate the European Year of Rail 2021, we decided to continue the sessions in 2022 as well. We would like to invite you to our 3 sessions planned for the coming year.

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On 15 November 2021 RFC AMBER held a meeting with the Railway and Terminal Advisory Groups (RAG-TAG) of the corridor. The meeting was organised as a hybrid-meeting, allowing participants to attend both in person and online to discuss various topics of importance for the attractiveness of the corridor to customers.

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Dear Partner, we would hereby like to kindly ask you to participate in a short Customer Satisfaction Survey.

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On 20 October 2021 freight train operator GYSEV CARGO operated the first 740 m long Demo-Train on the Sopron – Budapest section of the AMBER Rail Freight Corridor in the framework of the international CORCAP-project. Stakeholders of the corridor, including Representatives of the European Commission, the Hungarian Ministry for Innovation and Technology and from cooperating Rail Freight Corridors and project partners were able to accompany the train in two passenger coaches attached to it.

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The Reserve Capacity for TT2022 is now published and accessible in PCS and ready for you to order.

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After 2 very successful RFC Network RNE sessions, the programs will continue with the 3rd session which will focus on Time-Table Redesign. The main session of the second session was the International Contingency Management, speakers with Oliver Sellnick and Ivana Tomekova.

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There was a train accident on Saturday, 25 September 2021, in the afternoon at the Siladice station in Hlohovec district in Slovakia.

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The third meeting of Amber RFC Advisory Groups will be held on 15 November 2021 Budapest, Hungary.

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On 23 September 2021 the ALPINE-WESTERN BALKAN Rail Freight Corridor hold its Inauguration Event in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana. The Chair of the RFC AMBER Management Board and its Managing Director, Mrs. Andrea Mosóczi and Dr. Gerhard Troche, were present at the event and congratulated the Alpine – Western Balkan RFC to its establishment.

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On 11 September the Connecting Europe Express (CEE) paid its first visit to Hungary when it made a half-day stop in Sopron. RFC AMBER was well present at the welcome event organised by RFC AMBER Member GYSEV at the Sopron station, attracting many visitors.

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The final version of the common RFC Network promotional video is available for our Partners from 2 September 2021.

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RFC Amber is presenting its second Annual Report. This new report gives a comprehensive summary about the activities and achievements of 2020 which was a year of unprecedented challenges.

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The Customer Information Platform (CIP), an internet-based application operated by RailNetEurope (RNE) on behalf of the Rail Freight Corridors (RFCs), has been successfully rolled out to the entire RFC Network. The information concerning the newest RFC (RFC Rhine-Danube) is now available in the CIP productive environment. With this, the CIP now provides customer-relevant information on railway infrastructure in 26 European countries covering the entire RFC Network.

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There are currently 11 Rail Freight Corridors (RFCs) within the EU forming the RFC Network. They were developed based on EU Regulation 913/2010 to create a European rail network for competitive freight traffic. In order to better inform customers and stakeholders all RFCs jointly created and launched an RFC Network account on LinkedIn.

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The RFC Network together with RailNetEurope (RNE) will host 3 exclusive online sessions to celebrate the European Year of Rail 2021. During each session presentations related to the overall session topics will be held and there will be the possibility to get active in the time planned for Q&As.

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For the 5th time running, the 11 Rail Freight Corridors would like to initiate a coordinated consultation of all interested applicants, to collect your international capacity wishes and needs for 2022 and 2023. The result of this survey will be one of the main elements that the Rail Freight Corridors will use to build the PaP Catalogues for timetable 2023.

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After two years of intensive work and continuous cooperation of the sub-contractor Trenecon with a working group set up from dedicated experts of the Members and the RAG Spokesperson, the Bottleneck Study has been finalized and published for the availability of all interested parties.

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The Pre-arranged Paths (PaPs) on RFC Amber for Timetable 2022 have been published. The offers include a path for extra-long trains between Czechowice Dziedzice and Žilina, which will be offered with RFC Baltic Adriatic and its route will be extended to Bratislava.

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Rail freight traffic between Europe and Asia is growing. The European Rail Freight Corridors, among them RFC Amber, often form the first or last leg of Euro-Asian transport chains and have an important feeder function to the Euro-Asian rail landbridges.

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Dear Partner, we would hereby like to kindly ask you to participate in a short Customer Satisfaction Survey.

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The Reserve Capacity for TT2021 is now published and accessible in PCS and ready for you to order. In addition to Pre-arranged Paths for the annual timetable, RFC Amber also offers Reserve Capacity according to Art. 14.5. EU Regulation 913/2010 in a flexible manner. Reserve Capacity (RC) is our product for your recurrent business needs within the running timetable dedicated for your individual international short-term traffics.

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On 27th September 2020 at 13:44 two wagons of a freight train derailed between Komárno zriaď.st. and Chotín and damaged the substructure on a length of approximately 3 km. Due to the incident the single track line Nové Zámky - Komárno has been blocked. Trains can be rerouted via Bratislava - Rusovce/Rajka - Hegyeshalom, Břeclav - Vienna - Hegyeshalom and with limited access via Bratislava - Dunajska Streda - Komárno and Nové Zámky - Štúrovo/Szob - Budapest. The restoration of the track is expected until 16th October 2020.

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In September 2020, the annual RFC User Satisfaction Survey is re-launched. This year a completely new research was developed by the RFC Network in cooperation with RailNetEurope (RNE) and all RFCs have joined.

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RFC Amber published today its first Annual Report, giving customers, stakeholders and the general public a comprehensive overview over the activities and achievements of the corridor in 2019, the first year of operation of RFC Amber. It also contains a synopsis of the genesis of the corridor, a short description of its characteristics and informs about the governance of the corridor. A photo gallery from RFC Amber's grand Opening Event in Koper in September 2019 completes the report.

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Traffic Management, Train Performance and Operations Working Group of RFC Amber has prepared the International Contingency Management (ICM) Handbook for the Corridor.

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Due to the heavy rainfall in the last days, during the day and in the evening on 17th June 2020 a lot of water and mud flowed and washed a lot of stones on the tracks and closed both of them on the line Budapest – Szob/Štúrovo - Bratislava. Restoration of the line will take several days. Restoration of the line will take several days. Freight trains are rerouted via Rusovce – Rajka and Komárno – Komárom. International Contingency Management (ICM) process has been launched. The leading IM is MÁV Co., the leading RFC is RFC OEM.

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RFC Amber is constantly aiming to improve its information to customers and stakeholders. As one of the measures to fulfill this ambition RFC Amber is launching today an e-Newsletter, providing the most up-to-date information about the corridor.

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The situation regarding COVID-19 is constantly evolving in all countries of RFC Amber. The European Commission provides on its website an overview over transport measures concerning COVID-19 country by country and has issued Guidelines for border management measures to protect health and ensure the availability of goods and essential services.

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The current coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has a far-reaching impact on our countries, societies and economies. However, there are for the time being no traffic restrictions imposed on freight traffic on RFC Amber.

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The third meeting of Amber RFC Advisory Groups will be held on 31 March 2020 in Dunajská Streda, Slovakia.

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The Pre-arranged Paths (PaPs) on RFC Amber for Timetable 2021 have been published. The catalogue is available under the menu Downloads / Capacity allocation. The new offers include a path for extra long trains between Czechowice Dziedzice and Žilina.

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With the support of RNE and under the coordination of the project leaders of MÁV, the Customer Information Platform (CIP) has been successfully rolled-out to the RFC Amber (RFC 11). The information concerning the corridor is now available in the CIP productive environment powered by RNE.

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On 25 September 2019 the Polish railway sector association ProKolej organized a conference “Rail 22 – Masterplan for rail freight” at TRAKO, the biggest railway fair in Central-Eastern Europe, taking place each second year in Gdańsk in Poland. The Managing Director of the Amber RFC, Dr. Gerhard Troche, represented the corridor in the roundtable.

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On 18 September 2019 the Amber Rail Freight Corridor held its grand Opening Event in the prestigious Praetorian Palace in the Slovenian seaport of Koper. EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc, who gave an inspiring welcome address to the participants, congratulated the Amber Rail Freight Corridor to this historic milestone and emphasized the importance of the corridor for the development of international rail freight in Central-Eastern Europe.

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The Amber RFC became operational in January 2019. It is the youngest among the ten operational EU Rail Freight Corridors and the first corridor set up on the initiative of the EU Member States concerned. In order to celebrate the achievement of this important milestone together with customers and stakeholders, the Amber RFC will hold its official Opening Event on 18 September 2019 in Koper in Slovenia.

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RFC Amber held its second Advisory Group meeting in Ljubljana on 19 February 2019. We would like to thank all attendees for their participation and active contribution to the discussion. Summary notes about the event will be published on our website soon.

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The second meeting of Amber RFC Advisory Groups will be held on 19 February 2019 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

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With the publication of paths for international freight trains in mid-January 2019 the Amber Rail Freight Corridor reaches its operational phase. The main goal of the corridor is to facilitate competitive cross-border rail freight between important industrial centers and intermodal terminals of Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia, including the Adriatic seaport of Koper, and to provide efficient links to Euro-Asian railway routes in Malaszewice at the border to Belarus and towards South-Eastern Europe via Kelebia, border station to Serbia.

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RFC Amber is going online in January. First timetable offer to be published here online and in PCS on 14 January 2019.

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