The Aachen region is currently experiencing challenging times. The Strukturkommission in Berlin is having to take a decision about a structural change to the four lignite areas in Germany, the most important of which, the Rheinische Revier, is located here in the Aachen region. An important underlying condition for the success of the structural change is the infrastructure, and rail transport in particular.
“The circumstances in the Aachen region for the structural change are clearly better than those in other lignite areas”, according to an optimistic Christiane Vaeßen. “There is a great deal of regional cooperation and, moreover, the area has a huge innovation potential as a result of the universities, colleges of higher education and research institutes located in the region.” Together with a large number of players, notable projects have been developed that focus on energy supply, future-oriented employment opportunities and a favourable living environment.
“Better rail transport ensures regional integration”
The location (on two borders and in the heart of Europe) ensures that the region has a pioneering function. “Cross-border mobility solutions are the key to close cooperation in border areas. Whether it’s the transport of goods or a direct public transport connection to neighbouring countries, proper access is vital for ensuring better regional integration”, says Vaeßen.