Corridor 3 covers more than 7000km and runs from Norway, Sweden and Denmark via Germany and Austria to Italian Mediterranean ports. Corridor 8 is over 6000km long and connects the North Sea with the Baltic serving Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic and Lithuania. By 2020, the corridor will be extended to the Poland-Ukraine border and through the Rail Baltica project to Latvia and Estonia.

Corridor 1 linking the Rhine with the Alps opened in 2013, and 9154 train paths were assigned last year.

"After the positive experience with freight corridor 1, we are pleased to enter the market with attractive offers on two more important routes," says Mr Oliver Sellnick, who is responsible for European corridor management at DB Networks. "Particularly in view of the growing traffic in prospect, these European corridors offer an excellent way to realise efficient freight transport by rail. Timetables and rates for cross-border train paths can be viewed and booked simply from a single source via our employees in the corridor one-stop shops."