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Risk mitigation measures to resume transport of semi-trailers on pocket wagons in Denmark

Risk mitigation measures to resume transport of semi-trailers on pocket wagons in Denmark

26 Apr 2021

The JNS Task Force, coordinated by the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA), with experts from sector representative bodies and safety authorities, paved the way for updated risk mitigating measures to resume the transport on pocket wagons on the Great Belt Bridge, as published by the Danish National Safety Authority.

Following the 13.01.2021 incident on the Great Belt Bridge in Denmark, which happened at the same location as the severe accident of 02.01.2019, the Danish National Safety Authority imposed immediate measures which in practice have stopped the transport of semi-trailers on pocket wagons.

Understanding the impact this ban has on rail freight transport companies and the need to urgently find solutions, the European Union Agency for Railways established a JNS Urgent Procedure Task Force. This Task Force aimed at identifying short-term risk mitigation measures in order to resume as soon as possible the transport of semi-trailers on pocket wagons on the Danish network and in particular on the Great Belt bridge. (more information: Joint Network Secretariat (JNS) Urgent Procedure and Normal Procedure)

The Task Force, coordinated by ERA, was composed of representatives from the national safety authorities of Denmark, Sweden, Germany and The Netherlands as well as experts from the railway sector. The Task Force had its kick-off meeting on 04.02.2021 and concluded its work with the following outcome: read more.