Geographic area within which the railway network is characterised by a 1520 mm gauge
Zone (region) refers to the geographic area within which the railway network is characterised by a mm gauge. This region of Europe covers 17 countries.
The following nations belong to zone :
The railway gauge in zone differs from the railway standard established by the International Union of Railways (UIC). The UIC standard is actually 1 435 mm (four feet and eight and a half inches). It is applied in the majority of countries of the European Union (EU) having chosen to establish interoperability between countries.
In the transport sector, the difference between the original Russian railway system and the European standard is not without consequence. Travel from one region to another requires various technical procedures which can cause delays to trade.
There are several solutions to ensure the continuity of transport between the different gauge systems:
Thanks to a globally integrated network and over 10 years of experience in the region, the GEFCO group operates seamlessly in zone . In 2017, the first full train transporting containers from China arrived in France after a journey of 11 000 km in less than 3 weeks. Departing from Wuhan in China, the rail convoy passed through Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus, located in zone , before crossing Poland and Germany for France.
The railway gauge of the tracks located in this zone is mm.
17 countries belong to zone including members of the CIS, Ukraine, Georgia, the Baltic states, Finland and Mongolia.
Commission Decision 2011/275/EU of 26 April 2011 concerning a technical specification for interoperability relating to the ‘ infrastructure ’ subsystem of the trans-European conventional rail system.