Rhine-Alpine News

Milan: Malpensa airport will connect to Rhine-Alpine Corridor

Train on Ferrovie Nord

Within the framework of Connecting Europe Facilities (CEF) Transport 2019 Programme, the project MXP-NLine related to rail access completion to the Italian Airports of Milan Malpensa, has been selected for receiving EU financial aid of 63.402.000,00 € to co-finance a total investment of 211.340.000,00 €.

The MXP-NLine project, a missing link of 5 km of electrified double track railway line, will link the rail station Terminal 2 of Milan Malpensa Airport with the Sempione (Simplon) railway line both towards the Gallarate node and to Switzerland. It will enhance the accessibility of the Airport via the Rhine-Alpine Corridor and the Mediterranean Corridor, in Regione Lombardia, north-west of Milan.

The action will integrate the rail lines with the most important airport of the north of Italy, expand the catchment area of the airport to Valais and Central Switzerland, as well as towards many major cities located in the Po valley region, without intermediate transfers.

Beneficiary of this financial contribution is Ferrovienord, which manages a regional rail network in Regione Lombardia. The project is supported by SEA Milan Airports, due to the impacts for the Malpensa Airport area. Works will be completed by 2024.

Shore power systems along Middle Rhine

The state of Rhineland-Palatinate will invest in shore power systems along the Rhine and Mosel rivers. Ships will get electric power from the ports during their stopovers, so they need not run their diesel engines as generators. This will result in fewer emissions.

The shore power programme of the German government was originally meant only to supply seaports, but has now been made available for inland shipping. Read the details here (external link, German language).

Rail Freight Corridors: The Future of Rail Freight in Europe

© Deutsche Bahn AG / Claus Weber

On the virtual Ministerial Conference “Innovative Rail Transport – connecting, sustainable, digital”, a Ministerial Declaration was signed on “Rail Freight Corridors: The Future of Rail Freight in Europe”, by the transport ministers of the EU, plus their colleagues from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The German Minister of Transport, Andreas Scheuer, hosted the conference.

The Transport Ministers commit to further strengthen and develop the Rail Freight Corridors. They recognise the Green Deal initiative of the European Commission, call for enhanced EU support for rail infrastructure projects, welcome a sustainable policy of adopting and enhancing rail infrastructure to the needs of rail freight, and consider especially the unlimited possibility to run 740m trains within the core network as sufficient and appropriate, also to gain additional capacity. They continue cooperation with the TEN-T Core Network Corridors, which provides mutual input, and support the Infrastructure Managers and the Railway Undertakings in providing an overview of their needs at the Core Network Corridor fora in terms of market and investment needs and rail freight issues. They welcome measures for mitigating rail noise to increase acceptance of rail freight by citizens.

On further technical and operational harmonisation, they consider the technical and operational harmonisation of the railways in Europe to be most important in safeguarding and improving the competitiveness of rail freight. They enhance cross-border cooperation to boost borderless rail freight transport in Europe They recognise the continuous importance of ERTMS for enhancing the competitiveness of rail and work actively with the European Union Agency for Railways for the progressive reduction of national technical rules for the implementation of ERTMS. They identify the implementation of Digital Automatic Coupling, automated train preparation and other digital platforms as one of the main priorities and aim to agree in this regard on one EU-wide migration strategy by 2022.

The full text of the original document is here (external link).


“Rhine-Alpine Talks” #3 will take place on 2 October 2020, from 11:00 – 12:30 h and will deal with the topic “Cross-Border Cooperation on Transport “. We have invited speakers who are experts on this topic! Become part of the corridor community and register here for the talks. Registered participants will receive their login credentials two days before the meeting!