Customer-driven Rail-freight services on a European mega-corridor based on Advanced business and operating Models

Initiated by important stakeholders of the railway business the CREAM-Project was set up to respond to the increasing demand for rail-based logistic systems. Within the scope of the project customer-driven Rail-freight services have been developed and offered on a European mega-corridor. The concerned transport corridor has got an entire length of about 3.150 km and draws a bow between Western and Central Europe and the Balkan states towards Turkey/Greece.

The CREAM project contained a number of technological and operational research and development activities that have been identified by the stakeholders, active on the corridor: rail infrastructure operators, railway operators, intermodal operators and their customers. The project activities were primarily based on the corridor analyses and the corridor action plans, adopted in the scope of the TREND project (Towards new Rail freight quality and concepts in the European Network in respect to market Demand) which was funded by the European Commission within the 6th Framework Programme. The Project Summary will give an overview on the project concept and the single activities, performed within CREAM.

As a result CREAM led to an substantial increase in rail freight transport on this important East-West freight corridor and thereby contributed to the EU transport policy goals. The project was co-funded by the European Commission as an Integrated Project within the 6th Framework Programme.

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