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    Rail transport

    Rail is one of the most sustainable and safe forms of passenger and freight transport. However, only 7% of passengers and 17% of goods in the European Union travel by rail.

    The European Union’s Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy aims to double rail freight and to triple high-speed rail activity by 2050. But the sector is facing tremendous investment challenges. Those challenges have been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic with rail operators facing tens of billions of euros in revenue shortfalls.

    As the EU Bank, the European Investment Bank (EIB) supports the shift to rail through financing and advisory support, to help cut greenhouse gas emissions and pollution and to prepare EU transport for the future.

    The EU Year of Rail

    2021 is the European Year of Rail, an initiative led by the European Commission that highlight the benefits of rail as a sustainable, smart and safe means of transport.

    Check the EU Year of Rail website for more information on the initiative and key events!

    The rail projects we finance range from the construction and modernisation of tracks and stations to electrification, as well as acquisition and modernisation of passenger and freight rolling stock, maintenance depots and rail terminals that combine rail with other modes of transport. In the last 10 years, the EIB has supported the rail sector with more than €39 billion of investments, helping to construct or upgrade almost 2 000 kilometres of tracks and 304 stations while enabling the purchase and rehabilitation of over 1 100 units of rolling stock.

    Find out more about key benefits of EIB lending.

    EIB rail projects in focus

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    Do you need finance or technical assistance for your project?

    We offer a wide range of financial products, as well as technical assistance through the European Investment Advisory Hub and the European PPP Expertise Centre (EPEC)

    Do you have a question?

    For enquiries regarding the financing facilities, activity, organisation and objectives of the EIB, contact the Information Desk
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