Mura’s Bridge as a symbol of mobility for all, security, cultural heritage, sports, tourism, sustainable development, integration and last but not least as a symbol of love.
Why does this bridge connects East to West?
The Mura’s Bridge connected both banks of the Mura River in what was then Radgona as far back as 1890. Radkesbruger Bahn in German, or Radgona railway, which then connected Ljutomer with Gornja Radgona, Bad Radkersburg and Spielfeld-Straß via this bridge, where this railway connected with the famous Southern Railway that connected Vienna with Trieste. We can safely assume that this bridge was already extremely important with its connections in that time. It enabled the inhabitants not only of the larger cities but of many others along the Mura River to have direct railway connections, all the way to Vienna on one side and to Trieste on the other. East and West were connected in the regions along the Mura River as early as the end of the nineteenth century.
Why do we need the Mura’s Bridge again?
We did a lot of research at MiRi to find out what was the fate of this bridge. Today, we can fairly reliably claim that the Mura’s Bridge was mined at the end of the Second World War, and that passenger traffic on the part of the Radgona line between Ljutomer and Gornja Radgona ceased to operate in 1968. The irony wanted that only a year later, in 1969, the presidents of Austria and Slovenia opened a new road bridge over the Mura River, also called the Friendship Bridge.
Two along the along the Mura River in Slovenia, Prlekija on the left Mura’s bank and Prekmurje on the right Mura’s bank, were officially and politically-linguistically-correctly renamed into Pomurje in the past (wich would translete into English as ‘all-around-Mura’). Among locals on boths sides of the Mura, this naming has never really caught on. It is difficult to explain the discomfort between one and the other bank of the Mura River. The easiest way to explain this to someone outside these regions is with the fact that people in Prekmurje tell jokes about Prlekija. On the other side of the bank, of course locals in Prlekija, tell jokes about Prekmurje. The Mura’s Bridge would reconnect the two sustainably and once again provide a common [railway] window to the world.
The entire existing network of regional and corridor railway lines in the regions along the Mura and Drava Rivers would become a hub to not only the sometimes overly glorified West but also to the East with the re-establishment of the Mura’s Bridge and we probably do not exaggerate too much, even North and South.
Last but not least. The re-establishment of the Mura’s Bridge would eliminate the reason for not establishing efficient and frequent inter-regional railway transport within all regions along the Mura and Drava in Slovenia, Austria, Croatia and Hungary. The possibilities on offer are almost limitless. We know that after the First World War, train traffic from Maribor to Ljutomer already took place via Radgona, by using the line in Austria. Because at that time the connection from Ormož to Ljutomer and Murska Sobota. This line is today part of the pan-European corridor V, that links Venezia (Italy) and Trieste (Italy) via Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Budapest (Hungary) with Lviv (Ukraine). On the part —Pragersko—Hodoš— this is a one track rail, electrified and fully automated. With the re-establishment of the Mura’s Bridge, we would have connections not only to this Corridor V, but also to all other pan-European corridors.
The Mura’s Bridge symbolically represents the MiRi initiative, which is at the same time a symbol of mobility for all, security, cultural heritage, sports, tourism, sustainable development, integration and, not least, a symbol of love.Tweet
To reopen the cross-border multi-functional Mura’s Bridge, inter-regional railway lines and construct long-distance cycling routes along these lines in the regions of the Mura and Drava Rivers in four countries.
The MiRi initiative is for everyone who comes and goes daily, weekly and occasionally not only from the four neighbouring countries to and from the Mura and Drava Rivers regions – from Slovenia, Austria, Croatia and Hungary –, but also for everyone from the Central-European regions. We invite you to support the initiative by joining the Bronze, Silver, Gold or VIP Club MiRi today. Every member and every euro counts. The more of us there will be, the stronger we will be.