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International Union of Railways report recommends ways to improve European rail infrastructure

The International Union of Railways' (UIC) Infrastructure Commission recently published its final report on the "Eurailinfra" project, which evaluates available railroad infrastructure capacity and recommends enhancements to meet future traffic demands.

The report includes market forecasts for all rail traffic segments, a review of current and planned infrastructure projects, a summary of bottlenecks and measures designed to eliminate them, and a methodology for prioritizing proposed bottleneck measures.

The study focuses on six major rail corridors UIC officials believe represent European railway operations and assumes all major infrastructure projects planned for 2015 will be completed by that time.

The report also applies UIC's Eurailinfra methodology to four major European freight corridors: Rotterdam, Netherlands, to Milan, Italy; Munich, Germany, to Verona, Italy; Lille-Barcelona, Spain, to Turin, Italy; and Stockholm, Sweden, to Budapest, Hungary.

UIC officials will use report findings to create a European Railway Infrastructure Master Plan, which will be integrated with European Union programs designed to develop a Trans-European freight-rail network.

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