EUROPEAN UNION | The Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) and the European Transport Corridors 

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This week, the European Commission committed itself to facilitate train travel in the European Union more more. Booking train journeys should be easier and travellers should get passenger rights comparable to air passengers rights.

Booking cross-border, multi-operator train journeys must be as easy as booking an air journey consisting of different flights and different airlines. There should also be similar passenger rights. If one gets stranded, one should be assisted. Right now, that is hard. Danny wrote an op-ed on how difficult booking cross-border tickets is. I write how to cope with delays and cancellations. You need knowledge to get it right.

In its presentation, the Commission spoke of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) and European Transport Corridor. What are those?

TEN-T

The Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) is a planned network of roads, railways, airports and water infrastructure in the European Union. The TEN-T network is part of a wider system of Trans-European Networks (TENs), including a telecommunications network (eTEN) and a proposed energy network (TEN-E or Ten-Energy). The European Commission adopted the first action plans on trans-European networks in 1990.

TEN-T envisages coordinated improvements to primary roads, railways, inland waterways, airports, seaports, inland ports and traffic management systems, providing integrated and intermodal long-distance, high-speed routes. A decision to adopt TEN-T was made by the European Parliament and Council in July 1996.

The EU works to promote the networks by a combination of leadership, coordination, issuance of guidelines and funding aspects of development.

These projects were technically and financially managed by the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA), which superseded the Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency (TEN-T EA). Since April 2021, the TENs are managed by the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA).

European Transport Corridor

There are currently ten corridors, according to Wikipedia and this EC web page. On the map, you see the United Kingdom (still) included and Croatia excluded. There are also parts of the corridors going through Switzerland and Serbia

These corridors include passenger trains routes, freight trains routes, but also waterways for shipping.

CorridorNameFromViaToLength
1Baltic–Adriatic Corridor Gdynia Vienna Ravenna2400 km[
2North Sea–Baltic Corridor Helsinki Warsaw Antwerp3200 km
3Mediterranean Corridor Algeciras Lyon Venice Miskolc~ 3000 km
4Orient/East–Med Corridor Hamburg Budapest Sofia Nicosia~ 3700 km
5Scandinavian–Mediterranean Corridor Helsinki Copenhagen Munich Valletta4858 km
6Rhine–Alpine Corridor Genoa Cologne Rotterdam
7Atlantic Corridor Lisboa Vitoria-Gasteiz Strasbourg
8North Sea–Mediterranean Corridor Dublin Cork Le Havre Brussels933 km
9Rhine–Danube Corridor Amsterdam Luxembourg Marseille
10Strasbourg–Danube Corridor Strasbourg Budapest Constanța2137 km
European Corridors (Wikipedia).
Corridors on a map (European Commission).

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