Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

Priority Project 1 Priority Project 1

INEA ceased operations on 31 March 2021. The European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) was established on 1 April 2021 to take over its legacy portfolio as well as additional EU funding programmes.
Railway axis Berlin-Verona/Milano-Bologna-Napoli-Messina-Palermo

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The railway axis Berlin-Verona/Milan-Bologna-Naples-Messina-Palermo is an important high capacity north south rail axis crossing the Alps along the Brenner Corridor. Traversing Germany, Austria and Italy, the axis will link up their important urban areas and deliver an important increase in transport capacity. This will allow a modal shift from road to rail in the sensitive mountainous regions it crosses.    


The core of the Berlin-Palermo rail axis is constituted by the Brenner Corridor section. Located between Munich-Innsbruck-Bolzano-Trento-Verona, this section comprises the 55 km long cross-border Brenner Base Tunnel (BBT), which starts at Fortezza and joins up with the existing Innsbruck bypass - thus creating a 62.5 km long underground tunnel link, and the northern and southern access routes. Studies have been undertaken to prepare the construction of this central section. The 41 km Lower Inn Valley route between Kundl and Baumkirchen, which is part of the northern access to the Brenner Base Tunnel, is expected to become operational by 2012. Currently, 95% of the civil engineering works have been completed.


Mr Pat Cox, nominated in June 2010, carries on the progress made by his predecessor, the late Mr Karel van Miert

Learn more about the active projects managed by the Agency that make up Priority Project 1:

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Priority Project TEN no. 1 Brenner Base Tunnel – Studies

Pre-study for the Northern Access Line to the Brenner Base Tunnel between Munich (Germany) and Radfeld (Austria)

VDE 8.1, 4-track extension of the Eltersdorf-Paul Gossen Straße section

Intermodal Terminal Wörgl (TEN-T Priority Project 1 - Section Kufstein-Innsbruck)

Rome Hub, Priority Project no. 1 - upgrade of Rome Tiburtina Station

New railway line (NBS) Ebensfeld-Erfurt: sections in Bavaria (BA 3121 Füllbachtal bridge, BA 3122 Fornbach bridge)

Southern access line to Brenner

Priority Project TEN no. 1 Brenner Base Tunnel - Studies

Priority Project TEN no. 1 Brenner Base Tunnel - Works

Works for the construction of the section between Erfurt and Halle/Gröbers

Works for construction of new high speed line between Kundl/Radfeld and Baumkirchen

North-South high speed line Berlin-Palermo, section between Nuremberg and Ebensfeld, part Nuremberg-Fürth

North-South high speed line Berlin-Palermo, nodal point Berlin: Main and Südkreuz railway stations