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PACT funding for combined transport projects

Funding for 27 projects has been agreed by the European Commission under the PACT programme - Pilot Actions for Combined Transport. A total of around six million euro will be allocated to the projects, although the exact final amount of funding will be subject to contract nego...
Funding for 27 projects has been agreed by the European Commission under the PACT programme - Pilot Actions for Combined Transport. A total of around six million euro will be allocated to the projects, although the exact final amount of funding will be subject to contract negotiations set to begin in September.

The PACT programme aims to encourage the development of combined transport, by taking goods off the roads onto more environmentally friendly transport modes. However, it is recognised that the flexibility of road transport is essential at either end of a journey, and therefore PACT aims to make the transfer to rail or waterborne transport as attractive as possible for part of the journey.

Some 12 ongoing projects, more or less equally spread between rail and water-based transport, have been allocated additional funding for a second or third phase. Of the new projects, five are for rail-based services, two for maritime, one for inland waterways, two multi-modal and five are feasibility studies for combined transport services.

Examples of the new projects selected for funding include: a refrigerated transport rail service from Glasgow in Scotland to Valencia, Spain; a rail shuttle from Amsterdam to Frankfurt; a maritime service for 13.60m semi-trailers from Venice to Patras (Greece); and an intermodal rail/maritime service from Madrid to Livorno, Italy. Examples of the feasibility studies to be funded include investigating possibilities for a rail service from Sweden to Germany, and the possibilities of developing quality strategies for railbound combined transport through Alpine corridors.

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