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Study finds Rastatt incident to have caused losses of more than €2 billion

The rail infrastructure tunnel collapse in August-September 2017 near the German town of Rastatt in the Rhine Valley, which became known as the ’Rastatt-incident’, has caused an unprecedented disruption to rail freight-based logistics chains throughout Europe. This man-made disruption highlighted the incompatibility of national monopoly-based rail infrastructure management and the increasingly cross-border rail freight traffic that moves across the European Union.

Two associations of freight railway undertakings (ERFA and NEE) and UIRR, the association for Road-Rail Combined Transport, jointly entrusted the Hanseatic Transport Consultancy (HTC) to quantify the losses caused by the Rastatt-incident to rail freight stakeholders and their customers.  The study was unveiled today.

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