Brenner Corridor Platform


The Brenner Base Tunnel (BBT) – a 64 km long horizontal railway tunnel running through the Alps from Innsbruck (Austria) to Fortezza (Italy) - can be considered as the world’s longest underground railway connection.

The cross-border section between Munich and Verona is a major bottleneck on the Scandinavian-Mediterranean Corridor and its removal is still crucial for the realisation of the entire corridor.

Already in 2007, the Brenner Corridor Platform (BCP) was set up by the European Coordinator (Karel van Miert) to guarantee an integrated approach for the Brenner Corridor between Munich and Verona.

In 2009, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed and the Brenner Action Plan 2009-2022 with 50 measures (incl. timetable and responsible actor) to pursue a modal shift from road to rail was introduced.

The BCP members are three Member States (Austria, Germany and Italy), five regions (Bavaria, Tirol, Alto Adige, Trento, Verona) as well as railway and highway companies and the European Commission.

Main aim of the platform is still an integrated transport policy for the Brenner Corridor. This includes the implementation of measures that promote an efficient use of the cross-border rail connection between Munich and Verona, enhance the necessary model shift and finally protect the alpine environment.


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  • The density of railway lines in the EU is high in western and central parts of Europe and lower in the peripheral parts.

  • The highest network densities are recorded in the Czech Republic (124 km/ 1 000 km2), Belgium (118), Luxembourg (106) and Germany (106).

  • In 2011, the largest railways networks were recorded in Germany (41 846 km), France (29 655),
    Italy (28 567) and
    Poland (20 113).

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