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ACCESSMILE – « Improving regional ACCESSibility of last MILE freight connections in Central Europe »

This project as part of the Interreg Central Europe funding program started in January 2023 and will run for 36 months.

Project content:

Central Europe is crossed by 7 of the 9 TEN-T main transport axes, making it a hub for goods and services. Despite the large number of railway connections between the main medium and long-distance terminals, access to the last mile from rural areas to the respective intermodal hubs – seaports, river ports, railway terminals – is via road transport. Often these road links are inefficient and limit the accessibility and economic potential of rural areas. At the same time, they cause negative impacts such as road congestion, leading to air pollution and CO2 emissions, thereby contributing to climate change. Therefore, multimodal transport must stimulate the increase in the efficiency and effectiveness of the last mile road connection.
Information and communication technologies are essential for the efficient functioning of multimodal transport chains. However, recent technological developments are mainly focused on medium and long distances and not on the last mile.
ACCESSMILE aims to optimize the traffic flows of the last mile in freight transport in Central Europe through ICT solutions.

In the project, LCAS focuses primarily on provider-neutral access to the “Bahn” system for last-mile service on the rails using innovative information systems. The basic idea behind this planned digitization of regional rail freight transport using an app is to organize the delivery and collection of goods from rural areas, especially for SMEs, from/to the hub (Furnitz Terminal) as efficiently and thus cost-effectively as possible. This can only be done by bundling the smaller quantities, simple and digital organizational structures and a neutral offer. LCAS will also ascertain what motives there are currently for transport companies (shippers, freight forwarders) to transport most of their goods by road instead of using the more environmentally friendly railway. In addition, the perspective of the customer with regard to transport shift options from road to rail should be examined.

Project partners:

In addition to the lead partner, the port of Trieste, which has a lot of experience in the field of international funding projects, the following internationally known project partners are also on board:

RRT Rail Road Terminal Verona (IT), Port of La Spezia (IT), Port of Koper (SI), Port Authority of Rijeka (HR), Mahart Container Center (HU), RSOE Hungarian River Information Services Provider (HU), Baltic Container Terminal (PL), Gruber Logistics Poland (PL), Port of Rostock (DE), LCA Logistik Center Austria Süd (AT)

Planned total budget:

€2.4 million


Further information on the EU project can be found here: