Railports Carex

EURO CAREX : Cargo Rail Express

Major steps

2006: the creation of Roissy Carex, preliminary studies and initial support

  • 8 February: formation of Roissy Cargo Express, as the first link in the CAREX chain
  • 21 June: launch of the technical and economic feasibility study conducted by Elcimaï/Sigma with a budget of approximately €200,000
  • 27 June: first meeting in Brussels with European Transport Commissioner Jacques Barrot to follow up a letter of support for the project
  • 20 October: letter from the European Investment Bank expressing its interest in the CAREX project
  • 8 November: meeting in Brussels with the European Commission's Directorate-General for Energy and Transport and a representative of the Mayor of London
  • 8 December:conference to present the findings of the feasibility study
  • Throughout the year: letters of support from members of the French government and a meeting with the Prime Minister's office

2008: the Carex Railports begin to take shape as studies continue

  • 4 March: presentation by representatives of CAREX locations or "Railports" to Commissioner Barrot
  • 21 March: official formation of LIEGE CAREX, as a not-for-profit organisation
  • 7 May: meeting between French government minister Jean-Louis Borloo and Yanick Paternotte
  • 15 May: meeting of representatives from all Railportsat Roissy prior to the constitution of the EURO CAREX Federation. The result is a unanimous commitment to create an entity whose purpose is to promote the project at European level
  • 25 June: signature in the Netherlands of the official declaration of cooperation between Yanick Paternotte and Arthur Van Dijk,the Chairman of HST Cargo Schipholand councillor for Haarlemmermeer
  • 24 September: official formation of LYON CAREX, as a not-for-profit association under the French 1901 legislation
  • 10 October: the Dutch government gives its support to HSTCARGO SCHIPHOL in the form of €11 million in funding for construction of the Dutch Carex terminal and the creation of a rail link to the high-speed line
  • Throughout the year: technical and economic studies conducted on each location in phase 1 of the Carex network

2007: The European partnership gets on track

  • May to September: visits to the future locations for phase 1 of the Carex network: Lyon, Liège, London, Amsterdam and Cologne. Identification of contacts and construction of a partnership network
  • 26 June:French President Nicolas Sarkozy makes reference to the Carexproject supported by Member of Parliament Yanick Paternotte at the official opening of a new terminal at Roissy-CDG airport.
  • September: formation of the HST CARGO SCHIPHOL public-private working group in Amsterdam
  • 25 October: the Carex project receives the seal of approval from the French Grenelle de l'Environnementgovernmental environment initiative
  • 29 November: formation of LONDON CAREX Ltd., a private company wholly-owned by Eurotunnel
  • 22 December: launch of a competitive dialogue procedure for the specification of rolling stock: positive responses received from Alstom and Siemens

2009: the formation of EURO CAREX

  • 23 January: Alstom and Siemens present their proposals as part of the rolling stock competitive dialogue procedure
  • 26 April: official constitution of Euro Carex, the federation of CAREX railports, following a Belgian royal decree. The head office of the new entity is in Brussels
  • 15 June: formation of the Groupement Européen des Chargeurs (GEC) Carex (CAREX European Shippers Group) to facilitate discussion with rail operators
  • 7 July: GEC in competitive dialogue with rail operators interested in operating the CAREX service
  • 7 July: formation of the Eurocarex Club, with the aim of bringing together all those private and public operators interested in supporting the project and contributing to its growth
  • 22 October: discussion seminar between Euro Carex members and the GEC to identify future priorities and examine European co-funding programmes, such as Interreg, Marco Polo and RTE-T
  • Since the start of the year: continuation of the "slots" study being conducted by RFF (the French rail infrastructure operator) in cooperation with the other rail infrastructure operators involved, studies of rail links, additional market studies and studies focusing on freight handling and forwarding in the various Carex locations.

The Carex project as part of the French government’s "national commitment to rail freight"!

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Yanick Paternotte, Member of the French Parliament, Chairman of Roissy Carex and Euro Carex and author of the Parliamentary report «Remettre le fret sur les rails : un défi économique, social et environnemental» (Getting freight back on track: an economic, social and environmental challenge) is ... Read more