In an evaluation process, the project's contribution to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Global Compact Principals was confirmed.
Transporting a TEU container from China to Vienna usually takes 35 days by sea and costs 30,000 euros. By rail it is twice as fast (14 days) and, at 5,000 euros per TEU, six times cheaper than by water. This is shown by studies conducted on behalf of Breitspur Planungsgesellschaft.
The world is growing together and becoming more interconnected. The Twin-City region Vienna-Bratislava, and thus the European railway network, will be connected to the Asian railway network. This gives the whole of Europe the opportunity to become a part of the transport network of the future.
Another phase in the assessment of whether a new rail cargo link between Europe and Asia is feasible was formally launched in Slovakia and Austria on November 15, 2018. The relevant ministries of both countries took in the applications necessary to allow for the environmental impact assessments.