Promise of the Alliance

East with West

Let's re-open together all cross-border railway crossings and lines in Slovenia with our neighbours–Austria, Croatia, Hungary and Italy.

Cyclist at the train station

We need, of course, to de-carbonise transport and make certain that we are delivering on the Paris agreement – by the year 2030 as indicated by our president von der Leyen, with the de-carbonisation of 55 per cent and 90 per cent by 2050.
Herald Ruijters, Director at the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission

European Coomission proposal to reduce transport emissions
Transport emissions reduction by 2030
Transport emissions reduction by 2050
Graphical Maps of the Railway Lines in Slovenia

Current & Proposed State of the Railway Lines Network in Slovenia

Currently, Slovenia has 1,207 kilometres of all railway lines, among them 333 kilometres of double-track lines and 874 kilometres of single-track lines. Three out of nine railway border crossings with Austria, Hungary and Italy still closed. And railway border crossing with Croatia much less used. That is why we propose up to 1,370 km of railway lines—489 km of double-tracks with and 906 km of single-tracks—until 2030. Even more importantly we propose planning the upgrade of all inter-regional (comprehensive) railway lines with upgrade and re-forming missing railway border crossings. Slide from our 2021 graphical railway network map to the right and take a closer look at our proposal for the railway infrastructure upgrade up to 2030.

Legend of the graphical map of railway lines network in Slovenia
Mura River Bridge Benefits cover image
Why we need Alliance?

Because we need to upgrade existing railway infrastructure in Slovenia & re-open all railway border crossings with our neighbours.

The Alliance of Cities, Municipalities, and the Economy from Slovenia and four neighbouring countries will achieve the upgrade and re-form of core and inter-regional (comprehensive) cross-border railway connections. That is why we have prepared three proposals of core- and eleven proposals of inter-regional railway corridors. This will ensure that Slovenia will join our neighbours in Croatia and Hungary to jointly upgrade the railway infrastructure with the European Union cohesion support. 
With the support of our existing and new members and partners—regions, cities, municipalities, and companies—we will hand over all core and inter-regional (comprehensive) corridor proposals to the responsible ministers from five included countries and to the European Commissioner for Transport.  The ceremonial handover of the aligned cross-border railway corridor proposals of our Alliance will take place at the Mobilitatis Omni 2021 Congress in early November.
Thus, in Slovenia, Croatia, and Hungary—all three countries still eligible for the EU cohesion support—, at the ministries responsible for the railway infrastructure, we will ensure the entry of the upgrade of the existing and re-establishment of the missing links of the cross-border railway infrastructure. Not only the core railway corridors but also the inter-regional railway corridors. Core and inter-regional (comprehensive) railway networks are co-funded by EU cohesion funds—channeled through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund (CF)—with up to 85 percent of the European Union co-investment.
SI+AT-HR-HU-IT Core & Inter-Regional Railway Corridor Proposals

Three Core & Eleven Inter-Regional
TEN-T Cross-Border Railway Corridors.

Let’s finally round the railway network that the Austro-Hungarian Empire constructed in the 19th century. The 20th century was namely bad news for this railway network in today’s five countries.
At the end of the Second World War German Army mined several critical railway lines points—railway bridge over the Mura river on the border of Slovenia and Austria among them. Even more importantly, authorities in former Yugoslavia disabled several railway border crossings during the Cold War, in the 1950s and 1960s. In Slovenia alone, authorities closed six out of nine railway cross-border crossings with Austria, Hungary, and Italy and dismantled many core and regional railway border tracks.
Three out of six cross-border railway crossing have been restored so far on the border of Slovenia with its three friendly neighbours in west, north and east. Railway border crossings between Slovenia and Croatia are much less used for regional and local passenger transport. With the Alliance, we will jointly advocate railway cross-border re-connections and railway infrastructure upgrade according to the common European Union (EU) standards. That is why we have designed three core Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) corridor proposals and eleven inter-regional (comprehensive) TEN-T railway corridor propolsals.
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Explore and choose at least one of your favourite core railway corridor/s and your favourite inter-regional railway corridor/s.

Core corridors
Inter-regional corridors
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    Core Corridor Sava
    Core Corridor Danube–Mura–Drava
    Core Corridor Drava–Mura–Raba–Danube
    Inter-Regional Corridor Mura–Drava
    Inter-Regional Carinthia Corridor
    Inter-Regional Paka–Savinja–Sotla Corridor
    Ljubljana Leg of the Sava Corridor
    Inter-Regional Kamniška Bistrica–Krka–Kolpa Corridor
    Inter-Regional Corridor Julian Alps/Bohinj Rail
    Inter-Regional Corridor Istria
    Inter-Regional Corridor Kvarner
    Inter-Regional Corridor Notranjska–Goriška
    Inter-Regional Corridor Zala–Mura–Drava

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    Mobilitatis Omni, Institute for Infrastructure Development and Sustainable Mobility of All
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    Background of the Alliance

    What are the plans for the Trans-European Transport Network?

    The Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) policy is implementing a Europe-wide network of railway lines, roads, inland waterways, maritime shipping routes, ports, airports, and railroad terminals. It has the ultimate objective to close gaps, remove bottlenecks and technical barriers, as well as to strengthen social, economic, and territorial cohesion in the European Union (EU).

    The objective of the TEN-T policy is improved use of infrastructure, the reduced environmental impact of transport, enhanced energy efficiency and increased safety. TEN-T is divided into two ‘layers’. The Core Network includes the most important connections, linking the most important nodes, and is to be completed by 2030. The Comprehensive Network covers all European regions and is to be completed by 2050.

    In the Mobilitatis Omni institute, we have identified all cross-border railway missing links and connections in Slovenia and its all neighbouring countries – Austria, Croatia, Hungary, and Italy. A recent report found out, cross-border missing links are “essential for the regional railway network and could have a significant European benefit, bringing border regions closer together and reducing regional disparities”.* 

    Additionally, as part of the Green Deal and in order to decarbonize transport, the European Commission plans to reduce transport emissions by 55 percent by 2030 and to 90 percent by 2050. In order to get there and achieve the Paris agreement standard, the EU provides funding for railway infrastructure also through EU Cohesion Policy. Co-finance rates are up to 85 percent. Funding is channeled through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund (CF).

    Lastly, not to forget, 2021 is the European Year of Rail. One more reason for your metropolitan region, city, and other municipalities to join the  Central European Alliance for Sustainable Mobility.

    * Donat, L. (2020). Connecting Europe with a Rail Renaissance : Eight measures to revive the European rail system, Bonn, Berlin: Germanwatch, p.36.

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