The Regional Government of Friuli Venezia Giulia is studying the reactivation of the rail link between Trieste-Ljubljana and Vienna


The Friuli Venezia Giulia Region is studying the reactivation of the rail link Trieste-Ljubljana-Vienna.

The Friuli Venezia Giulia Region is studying the reactivation of the rail link Trieste-Ljubljana-Vienna. This was the topic at the center of a technical meeting, held in Trieste on July 18, with the representatives of the Italian, Slovenian and Austrian railways, as well as with representatives of the City and the Province of Trieste, in order to ensure the sustainability of this project and to deal with the problems, even technical, to be overcome.

Such a service, if accompanied with better connections to local public transport, would find the the interest of the users. It would thus be a viable project.

It was then reiterated the interest on the part of the Regional Administration and the representatives of railway companies to reactivate a line that is of historical character to the regional capital, and in the past put the city of Trieste in the heart of Central Europe.

The regional government is oriented to investigate the possibility of support interventions necessary to optimize the functional services to the international connection through EU funds, in particular drawing on the European program ‘Central Europe’ and ‘Alpine Space’, which support transnational cooperation, and the cross-border Italy-Austria and Italy-Slovenia cooperation programmes.

To follow this path a business plan will be prepared for a pilot project, to be defined in accordance with the railway companies, in order to test the effectiveness of the possible reactivation of the line and whether the costs will be sustainable in the long term through its regular service.

Therefore, the railway companies of Italy, Austria and Slovenia will also produce a technical report containing suggestions and proposals for such a hypothesis.

As a result, a harmonized feasibility study will be accompanied by a market survey and a business plan of the project, as well as the possible implementation of a pilot service using EU funds.

At the same time it was proposed to activate a working group to address and resolve the critical link between Trieste and Villa Opicina train stations, through the maintenance of the road leading to Villa Opicina train station, and to verify the options for overcoming the interoperability issues between Italy and Slovenia IT train systems.