Mr. Paolo Dileno, CEI-ES project manager, mentioned the successful experimental cross-border rail connections in the IT-AT-SI region. Thanks to the SUSTANCE project, a new direct experimental train service between Trieste, Villa Opicina and Rijeka will be tested in the summer of 2024, facilitated by fruitful cooperation between Slovenian Railways and Croatian Railways.
The round table discussion brought together experts and stakeholders from the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region (Mr. Enzo Volponi), University of Trieste (Mr. Lorenzo Castelli), Trenitalia (Ms. Elisa Nannetti), and the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (Mr. Carlo Zijno). They discussed the opportunities for better linking the cross-border region between northeast Italy, western Slovenia, and the Istria region. The discussion covered existing opportunities such as cycling tourism and various cultural attractions along the route, as well as potential threats including competition with private mobility options.
Ms. Cristina Amirante, the regional Minister for Infrastructure and Territory, concluded the event by emphasizing how a new direct transport service could generate additional demand, particularly in peripheral and cross-border regions. She also highlighted the importance of integrated services, including the availability of last-mile connections at transport nodes.