EU Council adopts revised regulation for TEN-T

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The EU Council has adopted a revised TEN-T regulation to harmonise intermodal transport networks, pending final signatures.

The EU Council has adopted a revised regulation for the trans-European transport network (TEN-T), pending signatures from the Presidents of the EU Council and European Parliament before publication in the EU’s official journal. It will come into force 20 days thereafter.

This regulation aims to harmonise intermodal transport networks across EU Member States, particularly benefiting the rail sector. The process is expected to conclude in the coming weeks.

Originating in December 2021, the regulation was initially drafted by the European Commission and later revised following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. It now prioritises integrating Ukraine and Moldova while reducing connections with Russia and Belarus.

Agreements reached in late 2023 between the EU Parliament and Council outlined timelines for expanding the TEN-T network: Core by 2030, Extended Core by 2040, and Comprehensive by 2050.

Recently approved by the European Parliament, the regulation emphasizes military mobility, multimodality, and guidelines for rail gauge differences.

Challenges remain, particularly with the strategy for deploying the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) and the TENtec communication system. Industry feedback calls for more on-board ERTMS focus versus trackside implementation and highlights cohesion issues across countries and ERTMS levels. Implementation guidelines for TENtec are set but lack a specific timeframe.

Source: RailFreight.com

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