On 16 September 2015 the first B2G meeting in the field of rail transport took place in Swarzedz, prior to the official opening of the new CLIP Intermodal Terminal. Representatives of Polish and Dutch Ministries responsible for transport, as well infrastructure managers met with Dutch companies active in the rail transport and logistics sector.
During the B2G meeting government’s officials presented current developments in the rail related infrastructure sector and also gave an insight into their investment plans for the coming years. The business delegation had the opportunity to signalize the most urgent obstacles and share its opinion on how to improve rail services between Poland and the Netherlands vv. Two topics which were mentioned as important for increased competitiveness by the consortium was the so called 44 ton ruling enabling customers using rail transport for the long haul transport to load 4 tons additionally compared to classical road transport chains. The second topic was the maximum allowed train length which is currently standing at 630 m on the North Sea Baltic corridor. Future TEN T corridor set ups shall cater for 750 m long trains. The sooner the infrastructure bottle necks will be lifted the sooner railway will gain a competitive element versus road transport.
The meeting was organized in the framework of Partners in International Business (PIB) project, one of the export promoting instruments, supported by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) in The Hague and by the Netherlands Embassy in Warsaw.