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Connecting Carex sites to high-speed Lines

In order to ensure service reliability, all the locations identified as future CAREX Railports have been chosen on the basis of their proximity to high-speed rail routes and good connections to the road network. The relevant rail infrastructure management companies have already conducted, or are in the process of conducting, studies into the feasibility of providing branch lines or connecting lines. The aim here is to enable CAREX trains to access mainline high-speed rail routes as quickly as possible in accordance with prevailing technical conditions and minimum injection speeds.



The Rhône-Alpes HSL (a link in the Paris-Marseille route) passes through Lyon-Saint-Exupéry Airport from north to south. The French rail infrastructure operator Réseau Ferré de France (RFF) plans to create a branch line just after the airport TGV passenger station. This short single-track section will run parallel to the high-speed line and end at the CargoPort, where the LYON CAREX Railport will be built. Some groundwork will be required. Initially conceived as a dead-end branch, this line could easily be extended to enable trains to continue south (Carex project phase 2) and rejoin the high-speed line, thus avoiding the need to switch back. The first phase of technical studies has now been completed, and the preliminary design work is due to begin in 2010, as is also the case at Roissy.



The Nord-Europe HSL passes to the north-west of Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, and the area identified is ideally located between the rail line and the airport perimeter. The location identified for the ROISSY CAREX Railport requires a more complex connection than that for Lyon-Saint-Exupéry, since two civil engineering structures must be constructed in order to cross two major roads. However, its proximity to runways requires the adoption of radio frequency shielding measures for the higher levels of the rail track and overhead power lines. The "initialisation documentation package" study commissioned from INEXIA by RFF and funded jointly by the rail infrastructure operator, Roissy Carex, the Paris Region and the Direction Régionale de l'Équipement (Regional Infrastructure Authority) is almost complete. Although multiple connection hypotheses are suggested, RFF and INEXIA favour the creation of a level link (without flyover) to the high-speed line compatible with the slots requested and with increasing Carex service frequency, even during daylight hours. A flyover could be constructed at a later time if needed for a future phase.



The Est (Eastern) branch of the Belgian high-speed network links Brussels to the border, and comprises new sections of track capable of sustaining speeds up to 300 kph, as well as sections of upgraded standard line. The high-speed line runs parallel with the standard line just a few hundred metres north of Liège Airport. Infrabel, the Belgian rail infrastructure operator, conducted a preliminary study in 2007. The decision in favour of locating the LIEGE CAREX railport on land belonging to the Société Wallonne des Aéroports enables the creation of a single link to and from the west (Brussels) using an existing spur. Infrabel plans to conduct a more detailed study in 2010. In the initial phase, the intention is that Carex trains continuing to Germany would switch back to the main line on leaving the terminal, but construction of a transition curve is already under consideration to avoid the need for this manoeuvre.  



The new Belgian/Dutch LGV 4/HSL Zuid high-speed line between Antwerp and Amsterdam-Schiphol became operational on 13 December 2009. Capable of supporting speeds up to 300 kph, it passes very close to the Hoofddorp-Haarlemmermeer site earmarked for the new rail freight terminal. At the request of the HST Cargo Schiphol (AMSTERDAM CAREX) group, ProRail, the Dutch rail infrastructure operator, has conducted an initial study that confirms the feasibility of a connection that will be simple to implement, since it is parallel to the high-speed line. Its construction in an existing regeneration area could be brought forward and should benefit from public joint funding.



Unlike the other CAREX sites, the LONDON CAREX Railport will not be located at an airport, since London's airports have no direct rail link with the continent. The rail terminal will therefore be constructed east of London, alongside the HS1 high-speed line between the Channel Tunnel and St. Pancras station. The rail connection study is due to commence in the near future.



Cologne-Bonn Airport is served by the German Cologne-Frankfurt high-speed rail link, which also serves Frankfurt Airport. A number of possible sites and connection points were identified for Cologne in 2006. The Carex project members would like to see further studies undertaken as quickly as possible. In Frankfurt, there is an existing connection to the CargoCity area of the airport, which already has a rail terminal that is currently not in use.

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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