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EC approves rolling motorway aid

10 Sep 2008

EUROPE: On September 10 the European Commission approved an extension to state support being provided during the experimental phase of Modalohr rolling motorway services on the Lyon - Torino route.

Trial services on the 175 km Fréjus corridor between Aiton-Bourganeuf in France and Orbassano in Italy are being operated by the Autoroute Ferroviaire Alpine joint venture of SNCF and Trenitalia. The Commission agreed that in view of the experimental nature of the project, difficult operating conditions and specific features of the technology, financial support is necessary to continue.

This is an extension of previous approval granted in December 2003 under which France and Italy can each provide financial support of up to €22m in 2007-09.