Mediterranean Corridor

Pre-identified sections

Mode

Description/dates

Algeciras - Madrid

Rail

studies ongoing, works to be launched before 2015, to be completed 2020

Sevilla - Antequera - Granada - Almería - Cartagena - Murcia - Alicante - Valencia

Railstudies and works

Valencia - Tarragona - Barcelona

Rail

construction between 2014 - 2020

Barcelona

Port

interconnections rail with port and airport

Barcelona - Perpignan

Rail

cross-border section, works ongoing, new line completed by 2015, upgrading existing line

Perpignan - Montpellier

Rail

bypass Nîmes - Montpellier to be operational in 2017, Montpellier - Perpignan for 2020

Lyon - Torino

Rail

cross-border section, works base tunnel to be launched before 2020; studies access routes

Milano - Brescia

Rail

partially upgrading, partially new high-speed line

Brescia - Venezia - Trieste

Rail

works to start before 2014 on several sections

Milano - Mantova - Venezia - Trieste

IWW

studies, upgrading, works

Trieste - Divača

Rail

studies and partial upgrading ongoing; cross-border section to be realised until after 2020

Koper - Divača - Ljubljana - Maribor

Rail

studies and upgrading/partially new line

Ljubljana node

Rail

rail node Ljubljana, including multi-modal platform; rail airport interconnection

Maribor - Zalalövö

Rail

cross-border section: studies, works to start before 2020

Boba- Szekesferhervar

Rail

upgrading

Budapest-Miskolc-UA border

Railupgrading

 

 

The Mediterranean Corridor will link ports in the south-western Mediterranean region to the Ukrainian border with Hungary, following the coastlines of Spain and France, and crossing the Alps towards the east.

This corridor of about 3,000 km, integrating Priority Projects 3 and 6 and ERTMS corridor D, and based in part on rail freight corridor 6, will provide a multimodal link to the ports of the western Mediterranean with the centre of the EU. It will also create an east-west link through the southern part of the EU; contribute to intermodality in sensitive areas such as the Pyrenees and the Alps; and connect some of the major tourist areas of the EU with high speed trains.

Main missing links
The main cross-border missing sections are the Lyon–Turin rail connection and the connection from the Ukrainian border to Italy. Multimodal connections with the ports in Spain have to be developed, and some railway sections in Italy need to be upgraded in order to remove key bottlenecks.