The European Commission has approved a scheme of state aid to support the transfer of German freight transport from road- to rail-based routes.
The scheme, which will support rail freight operators in taking over management of German freight transport, has an annual budget of €350 million and will run from 2018 to 2023. It forms part of a greater push across Germany and the rest of the EU to reduce road congestion and carbon emissions in order to combat climate change and global warming.
Under the German freight transport transference scheme, rail freight operators will be reimbursed by up to 45 per cent of their track access charges – the charges German rail operators must pay to access the rail network infrastructure. Operators who benefit from the scheme will be expected to pass on their savings to their freight shipping customers via lowered rates; and will be obliged to inform clients of their reduced track access charges.
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