After three years of fruitful cooperation for the implementation of 8 regional Case studies and development of a Roadmap for Intermodality in the ADRION region, the partners of the Inter-Connect project (Intermodality Promotion and Rail Renaissance in Adriatic -Ionian Region), funded under the INTERREG ADRION Programme, virtually gathered for their final conference on 10 December 2020.
The event witnessed over forty participants and focused on Improving passenger transport Intermodality in the Adriatic Ionian region and on strategies for facing the future of rail reforms. It aimed at presenting the tangible results achieved in the course of the project: the Center for Research and Technology - CERTH, presented the Inter-Connect Roadmap as one of the core outcomes which not only outlined the work carried out throughout the project but also constituted a guide and tool for decision-makers with concrete recommendations for Intermodality promotion.
CEI-ES Secretary General Roberto Antonione, welcomed the participants underlining the important contribution of Inter-Connect to the implementation of CEI mission by strengthening the transport network and improving social and economic integration. He reiterated the will of the Organisation to capitalise on the best practices designed in the framework of the project, to offer passengers innovative and safe services while further promoting integration in the region.
Participants pinpointed integrated ticketing, timetable integration and travel time reduction as the best solutions for improving rail attractiveness for passengers; the lack of understanding of the need for synergies as the current main obstacle and the importance of cross-sectorial exchange to further promote Intermodality in ADRION region.
The round-table discussion was an opportunity to exchange knowledge and best practices with other ADRION projects on sustainable mobility and confirmed the common will to develop a resilient, sustainable, and efficient transport network based on cross-sectorial transnational cooperation.
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