The EAP EXPRESS Association opens its exhibition at the airport: "Learn about the EuroAirport rail link project ... and give us your opinion!"

On Friday, 16 December 2011, at an official ceremony in the presence of the EuroAirport management and several regional personalities, Jean-Pierre Lavielle, President of the EuroAirport Board of Directors, Christoph Brutschin, Vice-President and Gudrun Heute-Bluhm, mayoress of Lörrach and Vice-President of the EAP EXPRESS Association opened the EAP EXPRESS Association exhibition presenting the EuroAirport rail link project.

Located on the 5th floor of the airport, on the French side, the exhibition will run for several months and will be open to passengers and airport platform employers and staff during airport opening hours (5 a.m. to midnight, every day), admission-free. The German version of the exhibition will be transferred to the 5th floor of the airport, on the Swiss side, in the week beginning 20th of December. All visitors can take the opportunity to express their opinion on the project in the comments book laid out at the exhibition.

The permanent exhibition in two languages at the airport coincides with the start of a series of travelling EAP EXPRESS exhibitions with the same content which will tour France, Switzerland and Germany over the next few months.

On 1 December 2011 the first exhibition was opened by Jean-Marie Bockel, President of the EAP EXPRESS Association in Mulhouse and will travel to the towns of Colmar, Strasbourg and, later on to the Franche-Comté region (dates to be confirmed). The German version, which will go on exhibition in Lörrach from 27 January 2012 and at Freiburg-im-Breisgau from 12 February 2012, will then travel to Basel and Bern in Switzerland (dates to be confirmed).

The EAP EXPRESS exhibition underscores the association members’ desire to support the project for a direct rail link to EuroAirport. The rail link project aims are clearly stated:

-  to improve accessibility to the airport for passengers and site staff
-  to offer a genuine alternative to travelling by car
-  to enhance the efficiency of the airport platform in serving the business community and tourism in the trinational region

The EuroAirport rail link is a project of vital importance to the region. It takes its place in a favourable context supporting inter-modal transport, long-term development of the airport platform and the revival of the regional economy.

At the end of November 2011, EuroAirport recorded 4.7 million passengers (up 22% on the same period last year). The management of EuroAirport anticipates a downturn in this outstanding growth rate at the end of 2011, and estimates that it will finish the year with a turnover of around 5 million passengers (up 20% on 2010). EuroAirport management expects more modest growth in traffic for 2012.

Travelling exhibition venues and dates

 Venue  Dates  Remarks

 from 16.12.2011 
 from 20.12.2011

 Permanent exhibition
 5th floor, French side
 5th floor, Swiss side
 Mulhouse, France  01.12.2011 to
 Will travel to the towns of Colmar and Strasbourg and  
 to the Franche-Comté region
 Lörrach, Germany  27.01.2012 to
 Foyer of the Town Hall
 Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany   13.02.2012 to
 Venue to be confirmed
 Basel City / Basel Country  Spring 2012  Venue pending

The EAP EXPRESS Association

The Association for the Promotion of the EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Rail Link – EAP EXPRESS - was founded on Friday 15 October 2010 by ten founding members from three countries, France, Switzerland and Germany: the Alsace Regional Council, the General Council of the Upper Rhine, the Greater Mulhouse Alsace Council (M2A), the Canton of Basel City, the Canton of Basel Country, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Beider Basel (HKBB), the city of Freiburg-im-Breisgau and the Airport of Basel-Mulhouse.

The purpose of the EAP EXPRESS Association is to foster the establishment of a direct rail link from the Basel-Mulhouse airport to existing French, Swiss and German rail networks aimed at making the airport more accessible to passengers and airport staff. It shall use all means at its disposal contributing directly or indirectly to achieving its goal, taking concerted action in respect of the parties involved in the project.

Brief history of the Rail link project

The option of a rail link for the Basel-Mulhouse airport has been the subject of discussion for more than thirty years.
The project was officially revived by the French state at the beginning of 2010. A first Steering committee met on 30 Jun 2012 and launched a study programme which was completed on schedule at the end of 2011.

The funds needed to implement the rail link are currently estimated at 200 million euros (this sum does not include reorganization of the access routes on the airport platform and possible restructuring of the rail signposting between Saint-Louis and Basel).

The provisional plan for project execution is as follows:

- preliminary studies – 2010-2011
- in-depth technical surveys – 2012-2013
- finalisation of project financing plan – 2012-2013
- start of work – 2014
- start of service – 2017-2018