- PDF EF-01-20-458-EN-N, ISBN 978-92-9208-095-2, DOI 10.2840/095001
- Publication date
- 4 May 2020
- Innovation and Networks Executive Agency
The report contains information on the progress of Agency-supported projects in the Rhine-Alpine Core Network Corridor.
The Rhine-Alpine Corridor is situated in the so-called "Blue banana", i.e. the region which counts as the most densely populated and economically strongest in Europe. This region includes major EU economic centres such as Brussels and Antwerp in Belgium, the Randstad region in the Netherlands, the German Rhine-Ruhr and Rhine-Neckar regions, the Basel and Zürich regions in Switzerland and the Milan and Genoa regions in Northern Italy. Annually more than one billion tonnes of freight are transported along the Corridor. This represents 19% of EU's total GDP (based on 2010 figures).
This multimodal Corridor constitutes one of the busiest freight routes in Europe, connecting the main North Sea ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp to the Mediterranean basin in Genoa, while providing connections to several east-west axes. It runs through five EU Member States (BE, NL, DE, FR, IT) and Switzerland.