ADRIA A Project: towards a cross-border light rail ring. Presentation of project outcome in Trieste on 23 October 2014
The final conference of the ADRIA A Project, taking place in Trieste on 23 October, will close a four-year activity programme: It has brought together the main Italian and Slovenian authorities in the field of transport, namely the Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia, the Italian Ministry of Transport, the Italian Ministry of the Environment and the Slovenian Ministry of Infrastructure and Land Use Planning together with local authorities, the ports of Trieste and Koper and several partners (airports, universities, etc.) from both countries.
ADRIA A (Accessibility and Development for the Re-launch of the Inner Adriatic Area, funded under the Cross-border Cooperation Programme Italy – Slovenia 2007-2013) was launched in 2010 with the aim to identify the missing links in the Italian and Slovene railway infrastructural networks. The goal is to create a unique integrated Italian – Slovene metropolitan transport system, thus improving the accessibility of the entire cross border area. This cross-border cooperation experience can be considered as a model, which could be replicated in the entire South East Europe area.
The core output of the project is represented by the feasibility studies for the construction of the planned cross border light rail ring. They were carried out jointly by the Italian National Railway Company RFI (following the mandate of the Region Friuli Venezia Giulia) and consultants of the Slovenian Ministry of Infrastructure and Land Use Planning.
CEI, Lead Partner of the project, highlights the contribution of ADRIA A in bridging gaps in the transport system of the inner Adriatic area, thus paving the way to the construction of an integrated Italian – Slovene metropolitan transport system. For this reason, the project has benefitted from full support of the DG Mobility and Transport and of the Committee on Transport and Tourism of the European Parliament.
Legal representatives and technicians of all ADRIA A partners will participate in the closing conference. the gathering will also constitute an opprotunity to devise possible follow up projects, to be financed by European funds (programming period 2014-2020).
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