EurekaRail’s ambition is clear: cross-border train connections in the interest of passengers, inhabitants, entrepreneurs and research-based institutes in the border region of Belgium, Germany and the south of the Netherlands. EurekaRail therefore wishes to obtain a better understanding of the missing links in the current rail situation and the desired solutions. At the same time, we will be consulting with the many different interested parties, with the aim of ensuring that the parties are all going in the same direction and to start making preparations in order to achieve our ambitions. The EurekaRail programme is taking the following approach.

The EurekaRail project organisation first identified the bottlenecks (see infographic) and worked with administrators, politicians, government officials and immediate stakeholders to create support for potential solutions. An essential element of this effort was an analysis of the costs and benefits for society. What does a cross-border rail connection cost, and how would a properly functioning international rail network benefit the economy and the environment? What growth can we expect in the number of train travellers on the various routes? The answers to these questions are extremely positive.

The common themes in all of EurekaRail’s work are connecting partners and specialists, finding sources of funding and sharing knowledge. Over the past six years, some important concrete results have been achieved that motivate everyone involved to continue working to realise cross-border train connections. There is still plenty of work to do, but the essential first steps have been taken; international train connections in the border regions have made tangible improvements.

Maarten van Gaans, Mobility Representative for the Province of Limburg:
“The Province of Limburg’s location makes it more oriented towards Belgium and Germany. Fast rail connections are essential for the region’s economic development and cultural exchange. And it offers the added benefit that travel by train is much better for the environment than travel by car. By making mobility more sustainable, we will also make an important contribution to the goals in the Paris Accord.”