The Alps lie at the heart of Europe and are crossed by many major international transport corridors. This includes road corridors that are used by more than 10 million heavy goods vehicles, millions of tourists, and Alpine inhabitants themselves every year. Due to the specific topography of valleys, the environmental and health impacts of transport are higher in mountain areas than elsewhere. Therefore, a major objective of the Alpine Convention is to promote more sustainable means of transport; in particular, a transition of freight and passenger traffic from road to rail. The construction of further motorways or similar large capacity roads for trans-Alpine transport should be avoided, and economic well-being must be decoupled from growing traffic.
According to Article 2, 2j of the Framework Convention, the Contracting Parties commit to taking measures to “reduce the volume and dangers of inter-Alpine and trans-Alpine traffic to a level which is not harmful to humans, animals and plants and their habitats.”
The Transport Working Group of the Alpine Convention has been very active for more than 20 years in carrying out research, facing the most pressing challenges, and proposing measures and recommendations to achieve these objectives.
Protocols and Declarations
Thematic Working Bodies
Selected Documents and Publications
- Air quality – measures on sustainable mobility in the Alpine towns & cities (2020)
ASTUS Project Results: Reduce CO2 emissions linked to daily mobility (2019)
- Assessment of external costs induced by noise in mountainous areas (2018)
"MoVe the Alps" Conference (22 April 2021)
LinkingAlps (Alpine Space Programme): Innovative tools and strategies for linking mobility information services in a decarbonised Alpine Space (2019-2022)
Youth Alpine Interrail – project for encouragement of sustainable Alpine travel for youth (since 2018)
ASTUS (Alpine Space Programme) – Alpine Smart Transport and Urbanism Strategies (2016-2019)
We are Alps Tour (since 2014)
AlpInfoNet (Alpine Space Programme) – portal with information on sustainable mobility network in the Alpine area (2012-2015)
TRANSALPIN game (2010)