Essay series 29 Mar 2023

Essay 6 - High-speed rail as a strategic tool for achieving European transport policy goals

By Luigi Ferraris, CEO of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, and Professor Oliviero Baccelli of Bocconi University

High-speed rail services have designed a new way of living, working and moving around Europe, improving the accessibility of major cities and connecting European capitals. Such services are an essential part of the solution to some of Europe’s most pressing mobility challenges and to reaching our ambitious transport goals, including those set out in the European Green Deal. This essay looks at the Italian experience with high-speed rail, and how high-speed services – once integrated with land and air collective mobility solutions – can be leveraged to promote multimodality.