RAISE-IT takes up the results of strategic initiative CODE24 implemented in 2010-2015 within the INTERREG IVB NWE programme of the EU. CODE24 concluded with recommendations on “increasing accessibility by integrating high-speed rail (HSR)” along the Rhine-Alpine Corridor which connects between Rotterdam and Genoa through six EU countries. It suggested that HSR aiming only at maximum speed is not a viable solution for this densely populated corridor. Moreover, travel time-saving can be better achieved with a multi-scale accessibility approach.
RAISE-IT explores a multi-scale accessibility of passenger train services, and aims to cater for transport demand at key nodes along the Rhine-Alpine Corridor, particularly, in the areas around the nodes and across the nodes. The project is concerned with three scales of accessibility: 1) urban node accessibility (from/ to railway stations and surrounding areas); 2) seamless connection from the nodes at the regional level; and 3) corridor-wide connections between the nodes.
Firstly, work on urban node accessibility aims to optimize travel time and improve users’ experience within a node by considering infrastructure and operational aspects such as station configuration, way finding, integrated ticketing, facilities for transferring passengers. The performance of six stations (Arnhem, Nijmegen, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Karlsruhe, and Genoa) will be discussed with great emphasis on the integration with urban travel modes including walking, cycling and public transport. Expected results will be guidelines for improving urban node accessibility along the Rhine-Alpine Corridor. ILS acts as the activity leader for this work.
Secondly, work on seamless connection from the nodes examines the integration of greater node areas with services on the corridor by analyzing transfers at the nodes. The result will be action plans for three case study areas at the regional scale (Arnhem-Nijmegen region, Mannheim node with Rhine-Neckar region, and Milan node in relation to Piedmont). Finally, the project explores the International Integrated Timed Transfer concept to ensure the integration of long-distance passenger train services in order to improve the interconnectivity of the nodes and regions along the entire corridor. Guidelines will be co-created with stakeholders.
For further project information: http://egtc-rhine-alpine.eu/portfolio-item/raise-it/