Commission's record €13.1 billion investment plan for transport includes 8 air-rail connections

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EU: Member States have approve the list of projects in Commission’s record €13.1 billion investment plan for the transport sector to receive funding under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) at the meeting on Friday 10th July.

"I am very pleased that following constructive discussions in the CEF coordination committee, the Member States endorsed our proposal for the largest investment plan ever made by the EU in the transport area. The 276 projects we selected will contribute to the creation of jobs and will boost growth and competitiveness in Europe. I am also delighted to see that many will implement horizontal priorities such as the digitalisation of transport or the market uptake of alternative fuels," EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said.

The 2014 CEF calls for proposals attracted over 700 projects totalling more than €36 billion of requested funding. With €13.1 billion available, the Commission prioritised projects with the highest European added value. During the selection process, they were evaluated against a number of pre-defined criteria: relevance, maturity, impact and quality.

The list contains 8 projects that will improve air-rail connectivity across Europe:

1. Upgrade and new build of Stuttgart-Wendlingen line, including Stuttgart 21

Recommended total eligible costs: €1 981 385 584
Recommended funding: €594 415 675
Recommended EU support: 30.00%

The project includes a line connecting Stuttgart Airport to the long-distance and regional service.

2. MXP-AT Railink

Recommended total eligible costs: €4 132 000
Recommended funding: €2 066 000
Recommended EU support: 50.00%

The proposed study concerns the preliminary and the final design of the Malpensa airport rail connection to the Simplon line. It is located on the Rhine-Alpine Corridor.

3. ERTMS deployment on Madrid and Barcelona commuter lines

Recommended total eligible costs: €10 400 000
Recommended funding: €5 200 000
Recommended EU support: 50.00%

Deployment of European Railway Traffic Management System on commuter lines within urban nodes of Madrid and Barcelona, including a commuter line Alcala - Atocha - Chamartin - P.Pio - Fuente de La Mora - Airport within the node of Madrid.

4. Planning of Regionaltangente-West (RTW) in Frankfurt am Main

Recommended total eligible costs: €15 361 000
Recommended funding: €7 680 500
Recommended EU support: 50.00%

The action aims to prepare all required planning documents (technical, environmental, economic and financial) and to organise public participation activities for the creation of the direct rail link connecting the area West of Frankfurt with the airport and the city in general.

5. ARMIS: Air Rail rapid Metro Interconnection System

Recommended total eligible costs: €62 556 527
Recommended funding: €31 278 264
Recommended EU support: 50.00%

Part of the Grand Paris Express project. Preparation of Preliminary Design Studies for 3 urban express lines. Line 14 will serve the Gare de Lyon railway station and the new section to the future Orly TGV station, line 17 will serve Le Bourget and Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG) and line 18 will serve Massy TGV station and Orly airport.

6. Birmingham International Station Integrated TEN-T Transport Hub

Recommended total eligible costs: €1 750 000
Recommended funding: €875 000
Recommended EU support: 50.00%

Feasibility study which will serve to identify and develop the optimum transport solution for local connectivity between two stations, airport and local transport network. Part of Global Project developing the connection of the new High Speed Rail (HS2) station at Birmingham Interchange with the existing Birmingham International station, Birmingham Airport, the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) and local public transport services.

7. Connection of the railway line Budapest-Arad to the multi-modal hub at Budapest Airport

Recommended total eligible costs: €17 460 000
Recommended funding: €14 841 000
Recommended EU support: 85.00%

Extension of the existing railway link from the trunk line "R100A" to the airport. to a rail transhipment area, and to the main passenger terminal.

8. Development of a 1435 mm standard gauge railway line in the Rail Baltica corridor through Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

Recommended total eligible costs: €540 444 167
Recommended funding: €442 230 615
Recommended EU support: 81.83%

Cross-border project connecting the three Baltic States with Central Europe along the North Sea - Baltic Corridor (Tallinn-Parnu-Riga Central-Riga Airport-Panevezys-Kaunas-LT/PL border). Financing for Latvia (as part of the joint application) in the amount of 290MEUR (240MEUR from CEF at 81.83% EU co-financing and c.a. 50MEUR Latvian State financing) will be allocated to the technical design and construction of a new rail terminal at Riga International Airport (to be directly connected to the air terminal via a short tunnel-walkway), upgrade of the Riga Central Station, as well as technical design and construction of the rail section between Riga Central and Riga Airport. Technical designs will be carried out from 2016 to 2018, construction works - 2018-2020.

However some air-rail projects were not recommended for funding mainly due to budgetary constraints, relatively lower EU added value or insufficient information about the project:

  • The Rail Access to Barcelona Airport Terminal 1;
  • the High-speed line to Landvetter Airport;
  • Improvement of the intermodal transport offer and the planning work to extend the U6 light railway line to Stuttgart airport;
  • 5km tram extenstion from to Merignac Airport from Bordeaux centre;
  • Streamlining services and facilities of automated Paris metro line 14 up to its future Paris Orly Airport connection;
  • Connecting TEN-T Tallinn Airport with Rail Baltica terminal;
  • New railway connection to Billund Airport study; 6 km Roissy-Picardie rail link study;
  • Project for railway connection with Venice Airport;
  • Design of the high speed rail connection to the Milan Malpensa Airport;
  • Design of the railway connection with the Rome Airport. 

Next steps

By the end of July 2015, the Commission will formally adopt the funding decision. Individual project grant agreements will be prepared by INEA and signed with the project beneficiaries thereafter. Funds will start being disbursed as of the last quarter of 2015.

INEA and the Commission will then monitor the correct implementation of the projects.

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