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SWOMM 2011 – Railways, Mountains and Environment
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SWOMM 2011 – Railways, Mountains and Environment
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Friday, 09 December 2011 15:06

The seventh Scientific Workshop on Mountain Mobility and Transport (SWOMM) will take place on 13 December in Rome, with beginning at 9.00 a.m., at the Ministry for Infrastructures and Transport, EUR Headquarters (Viale dell’Arte N. 16). SWOMM 2011 is promoted by the Italian Ministries for the Environment and Transport and organized with the support of EURAC and the Mountain Partnership Secretariat. The title of the edition 2011 of the SWOMM is: Railways, Mountains and Environment.

The event is organized within the framework of Transalpine Transport Architects (TRANSITECTS), the project co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, through the “Alpine Space” Programme. With a partnership of sixteen public and private bodies from Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Slovenia, TRANSITECTS is aiming at favouring intermodal solutions for the passage of freight traffics from road to rail, by improving the accessibility, the logistics and the existing infrastructures within the alpine area.

Over the alpine arch, due to the presence of steep slopes and narrow road corridors, the polluting emissions produced by vehicles for passenger and freight traffics are considerable, particularly in the valleys, and they cause damages to the vulnerable alpine ecosystems and the local population. The issue of alpine traffic overcomes the national borders and the EU countries are oriented towards the transfer, where possible, of transports from road to rail.

Inspired by the themes of the TRANSITECTS project, the SWOMM 2011 is aiming at examining the topic of rail transport in mountain areas and in particular in the Alps, by making reference not only to the freight but also to the passenger movements. The speakers, including managing directors of railway companies and experts coming from research centers as well as from administrations involved in the management of traffic flows and railways infrastructures in mountain regions, will meet to discuss and share their knowledge and experiences on the theme.

The SWOMM represents since 2005 an international occasion of exchange on themes related to transport in mountain areas. As every year, the event is organized in December to mark the celebration of the International Mountain Day (11 December) designated by the United Nations General Assembly.

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