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EU coordinator for the Baltic-Adriatic TEN-T Core Network Corridor visits Austria

Vienna, Austria (PortSEurope) May 20, 2019 – Anne Elisabet Jensen, European coordinator for the Baltic-Adriatic TEN-T Core Network Corridor has visited Austria to see first hand its role in the corridor.

The Baltic-Adriatic TEN-T core network corridor was added to the new network of core network corridors in 2013. It is one of the most important trans-European-road and railway axes in Central Europe. It runs from the Baltic seaports of Gdansk, Gdynia, Szczecin and Świnoujście in the north, to the Adriatic ports of Koper, Trieste, Venice and Ravenna in the south, taking in the industrial regions of Central and Southern Poland, before straddling the Czech, Slovakian and Austrian/Slovenian boarders on its way south to Italy and Slovenia. The corridor features key railway projects including the Semmering Base Tunnel and Koralm Railway Line in Austria, as well as important cross-border connections between the six corridor countries.

In Austria, the route is from Vienna to Graz, Klagenfurt and Villach. The major projects of the southern section, including the Vienna Central Station, the Semmering Base Tunnel, the Koralmbahn and the expansion and electrification of the Marchegger Ostbahn are particularly important parts of the axis.

The connection to the Adriatic ports is important as a link between the Adriatic ports of Koper, Venice and Trieste, which have developed railway connections, and the markets for goods in central and northern Europe. The three ports are constantly developing further rail links, together with increased container and cargo capacities to handle increased good arriving mainly from the Far East and China in particular.

For her first visit to Austria in this position, Jensen visited the most important projects along the Baltic-Adriatic core network corridor in Austria – the Semmering Base Tunnel and the Koralmbahn. They represent two of the missing links, located at the alpine crossings in Austria.

Works to eliminate bottlenecks and missing links in Austria include the construction of the new Vienna railway station and ongoing works on the 30 km long Koralm Tunnel, due to come into operation in 2023, and on all three sections of the Semmering Base Tunnel, due to come into operation in 2026.

At the ceremonial start of construction in Mürzzuschlag, where 100 percent of all sections of the Semmering Base Tunnel are under construction, Jensen and Managing Director of ÖBB-Holding AG Andreas Matthä discussed the advantages of extending the north-south railway connection for a future-oriented passenger car. and rail freight traffic.

The Semmering Base Tunnel will enable faster freight and passenger traffic, as well as a relief of the Semmering mountain route. In contrast to the mountain route, the tunnel will be fully accessible even for heavy freight trains thanks to its low inclination. The travel time between Vienna and Graz will be shortened by 30 minutes. (Cruising speeds up to 230 km / h).

The Koralmbahn as a direct connection between Graz and Klagenfurt will significantly improve accessibility in the south of Austria – and thus also the location ranking within the European regions.

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