Italian ports: how can they fill the gap with the ports of the Northern range?
Maurizio Arnone, Head of the “Urban Mobility and Logistic Systems” Research Area at LINKS Foundation in Torino / Italy, recently held an interview with “Radio 24” about the Italian strategy of improving the competitiveness of Italian seaports. This is closely related to the development of the Rhine-Alpine Corridor.
The European seaports handle around 4 billion tonnes of freight each year. Most of these goods pass through the ports of the Northern Range even if the final destination is North West Italy. Italy is striving to balance this scenario and attract international freight in the Italian ports.
In the radio interview, Maurizio Arnone elaborates upon four key actions to achieve this goal: collaboration, intermodal transport, innovation, and policies. Read the transcript here.
“Connecting Europe Express” to visit Rhine-Alpine Corridor
Devised by the European Commission as part of the European Year of Rail, and made possible by unprecedented industry collaboration, the Connecting Europe Express will cross the continent this autumn. The special train will demonstrate – in real time – the power of rail to connect people and businesses, and the importance of EU infrastructure policy in making this possible.
Roughly, a dozen stops will be made in cities along the Rhine-Alpine corridor, between 5 September and 7 October. At each of the stops, events and other activities, adapted to local COVID-19 measures, will shine a light on the key role that rail plays for our society, but also on the challenges that rail must still overcome to attract more passengers and freight. Find date and location of a nearby stop here (external link).
Green freight transport on the Upper Rhine in Baden-Württemberg – an initiative of the Rhine-Alpine Corridor EGTC
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The Interregional Alliance for the Rhine-Alpine Corridor EGTC organized the workshop series “Promotion of multimodal freight traffic along the Upper Rhine as a core area of the Rhine-Alpine Corridor” as part of the project “Green and multimodal in the Rhine-Alpine Corridor”, together with its Baden-Württemberg members – regional associations Rhine-Neckar, Middle and Southern Upper Rhine, the cities of Lahr, Karlsruhe and Mannheim as well as the IHKs Rhine-Neckar and Southern Upper Rhine. The project is funded by the Ministry of Economics, Labour and Housing Baden-Württemberg in the programme “Kapi.Tra – Capitalization of transnational cooperation for SMEs”.
Measures to increase the share of multimodal transport are key elements in making freight transport sustainable and climate-efficient and thus contributing to the implementation of the goals of the European Green Deal as well as to the environmental and climate footprint of companies. Both the EGTC with its members and the Upper Rhine ports support this goal with various activities. Their potentials and concrete practical implementation were discussed within the framework of the workshops with regional logistics stakeholders in order to show perspectives and at the same time to learn from the economy how this support can be made even more efficient with public funds.
The full press release on the workshops is available here (in German).
Rhine valley rail tracks fully operational again
The main railway line on the right bank of the river, temporarily closed due to a rockslide on 15 March 2021, has now been completely reopened for passenger and freight traffic.