On 12 August 2017, because of an incident near the German city of Rastatt a highly used rail track section was closed for all traffic for nearly two months. This event obviously provoked financial losses and many problems in terms of capacity and interoperability especially because that section represents a key part of the Rhine-Alpine rail freight corridor and connects the ports of Rotterdam, Hamburg and Antwerp to Switzerland and Italy.

The European Commission, with the intent to avoid the recurrence of these issues, has recently created Handbook for International Contingency Management containing all the possible measures to mitigate such incidents more effectively in the future.

To read the entire document, see at https://bit.ly/2PsBo1J