The Pendolaria 2021 report on the state of rail mobility in Italy presented by Legambiente: the outcome is anything but positive.
Published by Legambiente the report Pendularia 2021. Through the document the association tells, like every year, the state of the sustainable mobility on rail in Italy. A balance that is anything but positive this year, with the total absence of new kilometers of underground lines in the foreground.
This latter aspect has contributed to increasing the gap between European and Italian cities. All this despite the fact that between 2018 and 2019 the number of travelers aboard the regional trains or underground lines. As reported by Legambiente during the presentation of the report:
Until March 8, 2020, the start date of the lockdown, signals for rail transport were positive everywhere, with numbers growing from subways to high speed. But with the pandemic, the reduction in travel and the limitations on maximum filling to guarantee distancing, the commuters of the worst lines in Italy pay the greatest inconvenience, which, unfortunately, are confirmed without improvements.
The arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic has inevitably altered the course of things, but above all made evident, according to the association, the need for an immediate change of priority:
The Next Generation EU could represent the turning point for sustainable rail transport, if the European resources available were accompanied by a clear and precise vision of objectives, reforms and investments that from now to 2030 focus primarily on travel in urban areas and Southern rail network.
Pendularia 2021, the Covid effect and the opportunities of the Next Generation EU
Situation also underlined by Edoardo Zanchini, vice president of Legambiente:
Pendolaria 2021 photographs the situation of railway transport at the time of Covid, but focuses attention on the unrepeatable opportunities offered by the Next Generation EU which, together with European structural funds and national investments, can represent the turning point for mobility in our country by 2030 .
The Recovery Plan proposed by the Conte government must be changed: today it is a list of interventions, while the country needs a vision of the change that it wants to implement, to address the problems and improve accessibility by rail in every part of Italy, in order to achieve the CO2 emission reduction targets set by the European Union for 2030 and 2050.
The Italians they would be increasingly inclined to rail mobility, Zanchini continued, but they must be enabled to leave the car at home:
All the pre-pandemic data confirm the desire of Italians to take trains, metro and trams, leaving the car at home. With the Recovery Plan we must accelerate this prospect through investments and reforms that can no longer be postponed, from the recovery of infrastructural delays in metropolitan areas to the electrification of railway lines in the South, to the strengthening of secondary national lines.
A change is possible, as confirmed by the experiences and positive numbers recounted in recent years and observed everywhere a competitive alternative is offered to the millions of commuters who move every day in the cities, today mainly by car, thus helping both the economy and the tourism.
Recovery Plan, reforms and investments according to Legambiente
These are three reforms main, which according to Legambiente must be placed at the center of the Recovery Plan:
- The strengthening of the service offer, with the recovery of cuts in resources for the regional and urban service;
- The revision of the Intercity contract and the strengthening of the service offer in the South;
- A reform of the Ministry of Transport to accelerate the revolution of sustainable mobility in cities.
On the front of investments, Legambiente asks to:
- Recovering infrastructural delays in metropolitan areas;
- Electrify the railway lines in the South and upgrade the secondary national lines;
- Complete the renovation and upgrading of the fleet.
Source: GreenStyle by www.greenstyle.it.
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