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Operation solutions for the transalpine railway freight traffic for sustainable management of connections of the economic areas within the alpine space.



Lead Partner

Logistik-Kompetenz-Zentrum Prien am Chiemsee

Lead Partner Country


Project Website


02/2003 - 07/2007

Date of Approval


Approx. Total Budget in €

3.988.153 €

ERDF in €

1.994.076 €

Project Summary

Every 8th ton of the international trade has to traverse the Alps. The transalpine traffic accessibility is essential for Europe. Catastrophes in the Alp tunnels and traffic contrasts show the European dimension of these problems. The raise of road traffic within the alpine region cause an escalation of CO2 emissions, noise pollution and use of road infrastructure which is not designed for the actual traffic volume. The "alpine" policy of traffic has abandoned the scope of single nationalities and reached European dimensions. The new focus for the solution is "thinking in network and systems, not in axes”. The project will:- create a sustainable mobility concept and offers to master the transalpine freight traffic by using existing (railway) infrastructure- install a prototype of an information and quality assurance system for a better execution of the transalpine freight traffic on rail taking into account the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for logistic and transport solution- create an overall supply for the target group and verify the system in 2 pilot cases- meet the political aims of the ESCP and the "Alpine Convention" for sustainable transport solutions.

Project Objectives

Project focus is the traffic of economical centers among the alpine space including the interface to neighbor regions. The main objective is to enhance the acceptance of the railway as alternative and complemented transport media to prevent the alpine space from an economical, environmental and traffic disaster according to European programs (e.g. Alps Convention).

Project Achievements

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EU Project Partners

Amt der Vorarlberger Landesregierung (Austria)
Autorità Portuale di Venezia (Italy)
Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie (Austria)
DB Netz AG (Germany)
Deutscher Verband für Wohnungswesen, Städtebau und Raumordnung e.V. (Germany)
Kärntner Landesregierung (Austria)
Province of Alessandria (coordinating the ligurian ports B182 and Local Logistic plattforms Rivalta Scrivia (Italy)
Provincia di Brescia (Italy)
Provincia di Mantova (Italy)
Regionalverband Donau-Iller (Germany)
Regione Autonoma Friuli-Venezia-Giulia (Italy)
Regione Veneto (coordination Port of Venice, Unioncamere, Interporto Padova, Interporte Verona (Italy)
Salzburger Landesregierung (Austria)
Veneto Union Chambers of Commerce - Department for European Policies (Italy)

Non-EU Project Partners

Contact Person

Fischer, Karl

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