Rail Facilities Portal Growing at Top Speed!

Major developments are taking place within the  European Rail Facilities Portal (RFP). Since RailNetEurope took over the portal in June 2020, the number of service facilities in the portal has grown to over 18.900.

By introducing the new interface with the German Infrastructure Manager DB Netz, we were able to include over 1.800 service Facilities at once. Such big steps are possible also with other Infrastructure Managers through a so-called APN interface.

Therefore, we are inviting other countries and Service Facilities to join in and take advantage of this opportunity for very easy access.

Rail Facilities Portal Features:

  • Reaching a very broad European audience
  • Easy upload of data
  • Easy access for users
  • A visual display of service facilities in Europe on a scalable and searchable map
  • Fulfilment of European Regulations regarding the obligation to publish data on service facilities
  • And last but not least: this all comes absolutely free of charge for interested service facilities and users, as this platform is funded by the European Union!

So why wait? – Join us in this excellent opportunity to bring your business to the next level.

Successful Webinar on Rail Facilities Portal

On 15 June 2021, RNE and UIRR jointly organised a webinar on the Rail Facilities Portal with the participation of over 100 stakeholders from the railway sector representing the European Commission, Rail Freight Corridors, Railway Undertakings, Terminals, other service facility operators, shippers and other logistics service providers, Infrastructure Managers, umbrella organisations of theirs and Rail Regulatory Bodies.

You can download the summary, the presentations, the videorecording and the poll results below.

Invitation: WEBINAR on the RAIL FACILITIES PORTAL 15 June 2021 10:00 – 12:00

 

RailNetEurope (RNE) and UIRR are pleased to invite you to attend their joint Webinar on the Rail Facilities Portal (RFP).In this online event, besides an overall introduction into the RFP provided by RNE and UIRR, high-level speakers from many various types of rail stakeholders (most of them represented by international organisations) will discuss the expectations, experience, and the envisaged future for the RFP with the participants.

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Register to join the high-level speakers from the sector and from European institutions. The deadline for the registration is 31 May 2021.

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Over 15.000 Service Facilities Available Now in the Rail Facilities Portal

During the last 6 months, the number of service facilities has significantly increased by nearly 50% and is now over 15.000 in the RFP.

In addition, improvements have recently been made to the search functionality allowing for a more efficient way of finding service facilities; and among other features, remembering your frequently used service facilities enabling a quicker search for the next time you are searching for the same service facilities of your interest. Various further developments are planned until the end of this year including many improvements making the use of this platform increasingly user-friendly for the customers.

To this end, we would like to invite all transport and logistics service providers to use the RFP in the planning of their routes and services: https://railfacilitiesportal.eu/.

Also, if you are a service facility operator, take this opportunity to advertise your services, and for this purpose, please contact us via contact@railfacilitiesportal.eu.

Rail Facilities Portal Supported by DG MOVE and Major Sector Players

The Rail Facilities Portal is now supported officially by the European Commission (DG MOVE) and a lot of important organisations of the railway sector. This is a signal that there is a business need for this Portal, thus it has the potential to become a common European business tool for information about access to rail service facilities. We have received supporting letters from several organisations:

A supporting letter from European Commission (DG-MOVE) signed by the head of DG-MOVE, Director-General Henrik Hololei

A supporting letter from Independent Regulators Group – Rail (IRG-RAIL) signed by the Chairman Mr. Serge Drugmand

A supporting letter from CEFIC, CER, ERFA, ESPO, Terminali Italia srl., UIC, and UIP RAIL signed by

Joost Naessens, Director Transport and Logistics, CEFIC – European Chemical Industry Council
Dr. Libor Lochman, Executive Director, CER – Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies
Conor Feighan, Secretary General, ERFA – European Rail Freight Association
Isabelle Ryckbost, Secretary General, ESPO – European Sea Ports Organization
Guiseppe Acquaro, Chief Executive Officer, Terminali Italia Srl
Sandra Gehenot, Director Freight, UIC – International Union of Railways
Gilles Peterhans,Secretary, General, UIP RAIL – International Union of Wagon Keepers

To this end, all rail service facility operators are invited to make information about their service facilities available in the Portal. If you are willing to participate, please do not hesitate to contact the Portal management via contact@railfacilitiesportal.eu.

Increasing Number of Service Facilities and First Meeting of Permanent Governance Board Latest News

On 1 October 2020, the first meeting of the permanent Governance Board of the Rail Facilities Portal took place, co-chaired by RNE and UIRR, with the participation of the European Commission and various umbrella organisations representing stakeholders of the sector such as ALLRAIL, CEFIC, CER, EIM, ERA, ERFA, IRG-Rail, UIC, UNIFE and UIPRAIL. This structure allows for balanced decision-making regarding the future strategy and developments of the Portal with the major goal of making the Portal a common European business tool for information on rail service facilities.

The Governance Board welcomed the recent significant increase of the usage of the Portal. Most importantly, the number of participating service facilities has now grown to over 8,000. A comparison to previous periods and further usage statistics can be found in this presentation.

RNE and UIRR, who have been managing the Portal jointly since June this year, are eager to further increase its usage and quality.

Rail Facilities Portal (RFP) is now operated by RNE in cooperation with UIRR

RNE has taken over the ownership of the Rail Facilities Portal (RFP) from the European Commission: https://railfacilitiesportal.eu/

The RFP, a common European web portal, was designed to provide a platform for service facility operators – such as freight terminals, marshalling yards, etc. – to publish information about their facilities complying with the relevant EU regulations and to promote their facilities and services. At the same time, for shippers, rail undertakings, CT operators and other logistics service providers using rail it is meant to be a single source of information allowing them to identify relevant facilities for the planning of their services and the optimization of their transport and logistics chains.

The operation / portal management of the RFP will be carried out jointly by RNE and UIRR (International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport), the industry association for the combined transport sector in Europe. The aim of this cooperation is to involve not only service facilities operated by the members of RNE, but also all the other service facilities in Europe. Both associations are committed to develop the RFP jointly furtherby actively participating in its governance, administration, technical, functional and data quality management.

Contract with Hacon

Contract with Hacon has ended. It was decided that RNE technically takes over the portal just to keep it up and running until further decisions are made.

HaCon and Triona have been contracted by the European Commission

HaCon and Triona have been contracted by the European Commission to take care for administration and user support of the European Rail Facilities Portal in the period until March 2020. Afterwards, the portal shall be transferred to a permanent management organisation upon decision of the related governance board that is chaired by the European Commission and involves important European rail sector organisations.