Rail transport is a key component of the European Union's proposed Trans European Network-Transport (TEN-T) Corridors

On 5 December 2013 the Transport Council adopted the new guidelines defining a long-term strategy for the development of a complete trans-European transport network (TEN-T). 

The new TEN-T Guidelines are based on a dual layer approach, consisting of a core network and a comprehensive network. The core network will be the main part of the network eligible for EU co-financing. On a positive note for the industry, the rail infrastructure in the comprehensive network must be fully electrified and equipped with ERTMS by 2050.

Rail projects will benefit from a co-financing rate of up to 20% of the eligible costs, which can be increased to 30% for rail projects addressing bottlenecks and to 40% for rail projects concerning cross-border sections. Furthermore, the CEF provides a 20% co-financing rate up to a combined ceiling of 1% of the CEF budget to be granted for actions to reduce rail freight noise, including by retrofitting of existing rolling stock, and a 10% co-financing rate for creating better accessibility to transport infrastructure for disabled persons, which can be increased to 30% for adaptation works. Moreover, 50% co-financing rate of the eligible costs for land-based and on-board components of ERTMS, which already existed under previous TEN-T policy, has been maintained.

TEN-T corridor map


For more information, please contact:
Arturs Alksnis
Public Affairs Manager
+32 2 642 23 20