Railway and Terminal Advisory Group meeting at METRANS in Dunajská Streda
On 18 May 2023 RFC AMBER held its first meeting in 2023 of the Railway and Terminal Advisory Groups, kindly hosted by METRANS at its premises in Dunajská Streda. During the meeting many important issues and possible approaches to improvements were discussed. A visit to the intermodal terminal of METRANS concluded the meeting.
The meeting gathered around 20 participants from all four countries of the corridor, including representatives of the Ministries in charge of transport of Slovakia and Hungary. It started with welcome addresses by Mr. Michal Svítek, State Advisor at the Slovak Ministry of Transport, by Mr. Márk Háry on behalf of the RFC AMBER Management Board Chair Ms. Andrea Mosóczi, by Mr. András Nyíri, Spokesperson of the Railway and Terminal Advisory Group and Mr. Matej Franc, Chief Railway Transport Officer at METRANS.
Mr. Franc also held a very interesting presentation about METRANS’ operations, terminals and future development plans, the latter comprising i.a. the upgrade and even new establishment of terminals along RFC AMBER.
Mr. Márk Háry, Leader of the RFC AMBER Marketing Working Group and Dr. Gerhard Troche, Managing Director of the corridor, presented the draft Annual Report 2022 and informed about major recent developments and achievements during during the past year.
Mr. Roman Stanczak, C-OSS Manager of RFC AMBER, presented the Capacity offer for the Timetable TT 2024 and gave an outlook to TT 2025.
The forenoon finished with a presentation by Mr. András Nyíri, Spokesperson of the RAG-TAG of RFC AMBER, giving insights into challenges and difficulties experienced by customers in the usage of the corridor. Mr. Nyíri highlighted i.a. problems with formal requirements imposed on railway undertakings when crossing the Slovenian-Hungarian border, challenges in rerouting of trains during closure of the Budapest–Kelebia line and shortcomings in the future TEN-T network with regard to the connection to Malaszewicze at the Polish eastern border.
After the lunch break Mrs. Eszter Boglárka Gádoros from the RFC AMBER Secretariat informed the participants about the update of the corridor’s Implementation Plan, one of the major tasks of the corridor during 2023. Dr. Gerhard Troche complemented with a presentation of the draft new corridor objectives, which will be laid down in the Implementation Plan.
Mr. Márk Háry presented a new tool for the provision of information about Temporary Capacity Restrictions (TCRs), which will be gradually introduced on RFC AMBER. Also improvements in the frequency of publication were discussed.
Dr. Gerhard Troche elaborated on possible approaches to the coordination between railway infrastructure and terminals and presented the outcomes of the Customer Satisfaction Survey 2022.
Towards the end of the meeting Mr. Háry gave a short summary of the presence of RFC AMBER in the joint RNE-RFC Network Stand at the Transport&Logistics-fair 2023 in Munich and an outlook to the Railway Transport Day, taking place in Stockholm in end of May.
After a short coffee break the participants joined an interesting visit to the adjacent intermodal terminal, one of METRANS’ biggest hub-terminals with several daily train services along RFC AMBER as well as on other corridors passing the region. The visit gave a good understanding of the terminal and train operations and included also a visit to the locomotive and wagon repair facility at the terminal.