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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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AUSTRALIA: The Environmental Protection Agency has released a report recommending the approval of the 8.5km Forrestfield Airport Link. 

The Public Transport Authority’s overall project to extend the line from the Bayswater Station/Midland Line to Forrestfield includes three stations, twin bored tunnels of about 8km passing under the Swan River and car parks. A re-alignment of Dundas Road, cross passages and emergency exits are also included in the project.

As part of the project is on Perth Airport Land, it is subject to a separate assessment and approvals process under Commonwealth legislation and did not form part of the proposal assessed by the EPA.

Forrestfield-Airport Link is a $2 billion State Government project to deliver a rail service to the eastern suburbs with stations at Airport West, Consolidated Airport and Forrestfield.
The construction is scheduled to start in 2016 and completion due in 2020.

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Once completed it will provide a 20 minute rail journey from Forrestfield to the city, which currently takes 45 minutes by car in peak hour.

EPA Chairman Dr Paul Vogel said that potential environmental impacts on flora and vegetation at the Forrestfield station were identified as the key factor requiring evaluation by the EPA.

“As a result of EPA’s assessment of these potential impacts, we were able to conclude that the proposal could be managed to meet our environmental objectives, subject to the implementation of several conditions.”

The EPA’s report to the Minister for Environment is now open for a two-week public appeal period, closing July 27, 2015. Appeals are administered independently by the Appeals Convenor and can be made at The Minister for Environment will make the final decision.

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USA: All Aboard Florida has named Archer Western Construction Manager for the rail infrastructure at Orlando International Airport. Working closely with the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA), Archer Western will build the railway, roadway and related structures for All Aboard Florida’s intercity passenger trains that begin service from the airport in late 2017.

This work is expected to create 75 direct jobs and hundreds of additional opportunities for subcontractors and suppliers.

“Archer Western has a strong record of performance and is well known for its commitment to excellence and safety,” said Mike Reininger, president of All Aboard Florida. “The company’s expertise and qualifications will be invaluable to us as we partner with GOAA to bring passenger-rail service to Orlando.”

“All Aboard Florida is already reshaping the future of Florida transportation,” said Daniel P. Walsh, president of Archer Western. “We are pleased to be on this journey with them.”

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Earlier this year, All Aboard Florida awarded Archer Western overall responsibility for construction management and general-contracting services for the Miami-to-West-Palm-Beach segment of its Miami-to-Orlando rail service. This contract consolidates the work that Archer Western has underway along the south corridor, which includes safety improvements and upgrades, track work, rail signalization and structural work. The company’s existing work with All Aboard Florida and the Orlando International Airport creates added efficiencies for the privately-funded passenger-rail project.

The contractor has led multiple transportation projects in Florida, including SunRail in Orlando. Archer Western is also a key contractor building the people mover from the North to South terminals at OIA for GOAA.

“Intercity rail is an important component of our regional and statewide connectivity,” said Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Executive Director Phil Brown. “Orlando International Airport has had plans for long distance rail for more than twenty years so we look forward to the addition of All Aboard Florida as we move toward achieving our Master Plan goal of providing multi-modal access for the community.”

All Aboard Florida is an intercity passenger-rail project being developed by Florida East Coast Industries, Inc. The service will connect Miami to Orlando with stops in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. The Orlando station will be part of a new Intermodal Transportation Center at the Orlando International Airport. An Automated People Mover will connect passengers to the North Terminal.

All Aboard Florida will be the only privately-owned-and-operated, passenger-rail system in the United States.

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CANADA: The National Assembly of Quebec has passed the Bill 38 allowing Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec to carry out infrastructure projects.

In January the country’s leading pension and insurance fund La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec has signed an agreement with the Québec government for the execution of major infrastructure projects.

Under the terms of the agreement, the government will identify projects that may present an interest for la Caisse. Assuming this interest is confirmed, la Caisse will become responsible for project planning, financing, development and operation.

So far the two identified projects are:

  • A public transit system on Montréal’s new Champlain Bridge; and
  • A public transit system linking downtown Montréal to the Montréal-Trudeau International Airport and the West Island.

The Bill 38 was passed on 12th of June and now the Caisse plans to evaluate the identified projects and give the government a proposal, which would include the fares it would charge users, indexed over several years. The government can then decide whether to allow the Caisse to proceed with the projects.

The two projects are estimated to cost $5 billion to build. The Caisse has said it could deliver them by the year 2020.

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GERMANY: Last week Deutsche Bahn and Fraport have invited their partners to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the intermodal rail and airline booking service – Rail&Fly.

Rail&Fly offers passengers the possibility to travel to/from any German airport as well as Basel and Salzburg Airport on the entire DB rail network.

79 airlines have joined the Rail&Fly scheme to date.

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“LaATAM are small airlines and Rail&Fly cooperation brought us many advantages – we could reach customers from all around Germany and fly them to South America,” said Cristián Lizana, Commercial Director Germany & Europe of LATAM Airlines Group during the panel discussion at the 25th anniversary of Rail&Fly.

Dr. Peter Pfragner, Intermodal Commissioner at Fraport said that the goal for the Rail&Fly future is to improve luggage check-in area:

“We want to improve luggage check-in area in the AIRail Terminal because the way the facilities are positioned at the moment - customers just walk by without noticing it, so our goal is to improve the visibility and access to luggage check-in for air-rail passengers.”

Kalle Greven, Head of Sales at DB Vertrieb commented on his vision for the next 25 years:

“For the next 25 years we want to continue improving partnerships with airlines and expanding business to markets outside Germany, which are not fully exploited, but IATA coding could prove to be an issue for railway stations. Together we have to try new things and figure out what works and what doesn’t. Interlining and code-sharing with airlines is another aspect I would like to focus on in the future.”