EGTC-Rhine-Alpine-Position-Paper

Analysis of Measures in Consequence of the Rastatt Tunnel Incident

The EGTC has discussed the disruption of the busiest European railway corridor in summer 2017.

In November 2017, the EGTC has published a position paper and requested:

  1. A prevailing consequence of the Rastatt incident is the necessity to ensure resilience for the Corridor. Therefore, we ask for a comprehensive risk analysis for the Corridor concerning main and alternatives routes, involving all relevant logistics stakeholders;
  2. On this basis, emergency plans for different risk scenarios need to be elaborated jointly, including relevant stakeholders and experts from all countries along the Corridor. Such plans should comprise adequate pre-defined alternative routes, fit for immediate use in case of necessity, applying the synchro modality approach.
  3. Finally, in order to implement the emergency plans, we suggest to establish an effective crisis management, which is ready for action if needed.”

As a follow-up, the EGTC has elaborated an analysis presenting the main activities and measures of different stakeholders which have been realised or announced since the incident occurred.

This follow-up paper is published on this website: Analysis of Measures in Consequence of the Rastatt Tunnel Incident. It shows that many important steps have been undertaken. But still some gaps need to be filled. In particular, the need to analyse and consider all transport modes in order to achieve a synchro-modal approach. This is necessary in order to tackle the perceived problems and to provide for a redundant transport system in the Rhine-Alpine Corridor but also in the other European core network corridors which build an interconnected transport system.