The Rolling Highway (RoLa) has been an instrument for reducing the traffic burden on the Tyrolean population for many years and is also an important solution in the current issue of transit via the Brenner pass. The 10-point plan, adopted by the participants of the transport summit in Berlin at the end of July, includes this issue in section nine “Increasing of capacity for rolling highway between Wörgl and Trento and more”.
Currently, there are 18 and three daily trains in each direction respectively on the Wörgl – Brennersee route, and the Wörgl – Trento route. With run-up phase one from January 1, 2020, there will be 21 and three trains per day, respectively, on the Wörgl – Brennersee and the Wörgl – Trento route. From the end of the expansion phase, from 1 January 2021, 24 and ten daily trains in each direction will be operated, respectively on the Wörgl – Brennersee and the Wörgl – Trento route.
From 1 January 2020, there will be a daily train service Regensburg – Trento and back; from 1 April 2020, the offer will be increased to four daily trains per route. From the end of the expansion phase, from 1 January 2021, there will be five trains in each direction on the Regensburg – Trento route.
Increase of capacity (trucks) in numbers
Wörgl – Brenner corridor
648 / day
864 / day
186,624 / year
248,832 / year
Wörgl – Trento corridor
126 / day
460 / day
36,228 / year
132,480 / year
Regensburg – Trento corridor
230 / day
66,240 / year
Capacity (truck) total
206,000 / year
447,552 / year
In total, this means in the final construction phase one RoLa train per hour and direction on the Brenner corridor, which contributes to relieving the truck traffic on the road. With full utilisation of existing capacity on the RoLa, this would mean more than 1,300 lorries less per day on Tyrol’s roads.
58 per cent of the Rail Cargo Group’s Austrian rolling stock
are quiet wagons. By the end of 2021 the company will have converted more than
90 per cent of its Austrian fleet to low-noise brake blocks. Also other rail
companies are about to convert their rolling stock.
“The capacity is there. The railway is ready,” said ÖBB’s General Director Andreas Matthä about the implementation of the 10-point plan. The RoLa is an environmentally friendly transport option for more than 200,000 trucks per year. “This capacity can be increased to around 450,000 trucks by 2021,” adds Andreas Matthä.