One of the best way to link Ireland to the mainland by-passing UK is via the Britton ports of Brest/Roscoff. Today there are already daily services to and from Ireland. Once these ports reached, it would be easy to connect to Lyon-Turin thanks to Via Atlantica which could link Atlantic corridor to Mediterranean corridor at the Lyon-Turin entrance. That's why Atlantic corridor should be extended to Brest to strenghten this itinerary which by-passes Ile de France and its congestion.
That's why it's important to integrate the missing link between Lyon and the Atlantic coast which could create Via Atlantica, a true east-west european rail link, freight and passengers. The 2023 TEN-T revision should provide this opportunity.
The present lack of a complete east-west european axis is damaging for the environnement and for the economy as a whole. It lenghtens the mileage using more energy being gas-guzzling and increases greenhouse gaz emissions.
It offers too the opportunity to distract some trafics from the Northern Europe bottlenecks.
The views and opinions expressed here are entirely those of the author(s) and do not reflect the official opinion of the European Commission. The Commission cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information contained in them. Neither the Commission, nor any person acting on the Commission’s behalf, may be held responsible for the content or the information posted here. Views and opinions that violate the Commission’s feedback rules will be removed from the site.