The Commission’s Pilot Actions for Combined Transport (PACT) programme has allocated grants to 17 commercial projects promoting intermodal transport on 26 July. PACT aims to decrease freight traffic on roads by promoting the use of other, less polluting forms of transport.
The European Commission has awarded final grants under the PACT programme. A total amount of 7.5 million euro will be shared among 17 selected projects. The funding was allocated as follows:
- rail-related projects (44 percent): e.g. private rail traction on Brenner axis linking Germany and Italy;
- short sea projects (29 percent): e.g. project improving links between Scotland and European economic centres;
- inland waterway projects (13 percent): e.g. high-quality intermodal barge services from Rotterdam to Budapest;
- projects involving several modes (13 percent): e.g. sea-river transportation service between Castillia (Spain) and Germany via Oporto (Portugal), using recently updated infrastructure on the Douro river;
- feasibility studies (1 percent).
According to the Commission, the selected actions should relieve congested road corridors by about 5 billion tonne-kilometres.