The study confirms what many opponents of the project have been saying for some time and that is that, even in the hypothesis of construction of the new HS / HC line and even if the imaginative traffic forecasts hypothesized by the ‘work would not take goods off the highway without a serious and comprehensive transport policy.
From the research it can be deduced that the reduction in motorway traffic would be around 19%, thus far from the 40-50% necessary to cope with the more stringent limits in force today. Furthermore, the level of NO 2 would decrease by only 12% in the areas affected by the construction of the tunnel and this reduction would be “mainly due to technical advances in engines and less to the effects of moving traffic from road to rail”.
The data released by the 2013 Report clearly indicate that:
no measures have been taken by the authorities at any level to safeguard the health of citizens living along the Brenner, Inn and Wipptal motorways with a very high and dangerous level of pollutants.
it is necessary to intervene urgently through a serious transport policy that immediately determines the shift of freight traffic from road to rail by exploiting the enormous residual capacities of the historic railway instead of postponing the solution of the problem to the commissioning of the possible and useless new Brenner line .
Therefore the administrators, local and national, together with the large construction companies in search of profits, are responsible for the infringement procedure – with the relative hefty fine – to which Italy will be subjected.