MiRi is the name abbreviation from our Slovenian name: Murski institut za razvoj infrastrukture, which as you may see is in English: Mura’s Institute for infrastructure development. The MiRi initiative links policies and the economy to sustainable mobility for all, physical and mental health and sport through the relaunch of existing cross-border inter-regional railway connections with a simultaneous proposal to establish long-distance cycling routes along these connections.
What exactly is the MiRi initiative aiming for?
The MiRi initiative aims for the Letter of Intent at the highest bilateral level for the reconstruction of the bridge over the Mura River on the border between Slovenia and Austria to be signed. We are working to re-establish not only a railway but a multi-functional bridge over the Mura River. There is a broad consensus on the multi-functionality of this bridge, both at the local and national levels of both countries. This, originally a railway bridge, was established in 1890 as part of the Radkersburger Bahn, as it is called in German, between —Spielfeld-Straß—Bad Radkersburg— Gornja Radgona — Ljutomer — and mined at the end of the Second World War. While some other bridges in these regions that suffered a similar fate in World War II were rebuilt, this bridge was never rebuilt. Austria dismantled its half of the bridge in 1947, former Yugoslavia then in 1955.
What is the ultimate goal of the MiRi initiative?
In addition to striving for the Mura’s Bridge, this time both as a railway and a multi-functional bridge, MiRi is also striving to develop a sustainable transport hub by reopening existing cross-border inter-regional railway connections and establishing long-distance cycling routes along these connections. This means::
- that we propose the establishment of long-distance cycling routes along the existing railway lines in the regions of the Mura and Drava Rivers, while at the same time proposing the insurance of crossings over these lines, which are currently all unsecured along these regional lines and therefore very dangerous. There are known cases of fatalities due to unsecured crossings on these lines.
- At the same time, we propose the re-establishment of cross-border regional railway transport, especially on existing lines in four countries. It is a common sense to make better use of existing regional lines, some of which are no longer in use for passenger transport, such as the line —Ljutomer—Gornja Radgona— and to connect these lines to the renewed corridor lines, such as e.g. —Pragersko—Hodoš— and —Maribor— Spielfeld-Straß—[and further to Graz].
- In particular, we are proposing better use of the existing railway infrastructure network, the establishment of missing links, such as the estimated seven kilometres long section —Lendava—Rédics—, which was presumably also dismantled after the World War II. The only new section that we are proposing, which would complete the entire network of inter-regional connections in these regions, is the connection betwen: —Lendava—Beltinci—, for which the first route studies were made as early as 1979.
What we will achieve?
With the re-establishment of the Mura’s Bridge, long-distance cycling routes along existing railway lines and the renovation of the existing regional railway lines, we will achieve not only sustainable, inclusive and active (SIA) mobility in the present but also a sustainable transport system of the future.
We do not propose new routes, we do not propose new studies, we only propose better mobility for all, sustainable, environmental and health friendly inter-regional connections for all of us in the Mura and Drava regions in four countries, Slovenia, Austria, Croatia and Hungary.
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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.