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European Rail Freight Corridors

Train path offer

On Rail Freight Corridors two products are exclusively offered only for international rail freight traffic. They must be requested at the Corridor One-Stop-Shop (C-OSS) using the international booking tool Path Coordination System (PCS).

  • Pre-Arranged Paths (PAPs) are part of the yearly timetable. They are internationally coordinated train paths, published in a path catalogue 11 months before timetable change.
  • Reserve Capacity (RC) is part of the running timetable and may be requested at the latest until 30 days before train run on RFCs Rhine-Alpine, Scandinavian-Mediterranean and North Sea-Baltic.

Corridor One-Stop-Shop (C-OSS)

The C-OSS is the single point of contact for corridor capacity requests. On behalf of the rail infrastructure managers/allocation bodies involved in the RFCs, the C-OSS Manager is responsible for receiving the requests and allocating corridor paths.

The C-OSS Manager handles requests following priority rules that are harmonized among the RFCs, thereby ensuring a non-discriminatory and consistent treatment of demand across the network of RFCs.

Each RFC has a responsible C-OSS Manager. Requests covering several RFCs are handled in cooperation among the C-OSS Managers concerned.  

Path Coordination System (PCS)

Corridor products must be requested using PCS. DB Netz AG has put together recommendations and guidelines to support the Corridor users in handling their corridor capacity requests. Further information is also available on the Homepage of RailNetEurope (RNE) under the following link: http://pcs.rne.eu/