As a city close to the border to the Netherlands, Mönchengladbach serves as the connection between the RHeein-Ruhr metropolitan area and the economic zones of the Dutch region of Brabant and the Randstad Holland. With RoCK, an appropriate high profile frame for train public transport should be established.
The high speed train connections Amsterdam – Düsseldorf – South Germany and Amsterdam –Brussels – Paris lack a crosslink which makes the cities of Noord-Brabant accessible via a feeder connection and which holds the option of prolonging the track to Rotterdam/Den Haag and Middle Germany/Berlin. This gap should be closed.
Up to now, the strategy of european high speed train networks in the region of NRW / Netherlands focuses on the North-South axis. This does not meet the growing significance of east-west traffic in the course of the enlargement of the European Union to the East. The intermodal connections to air traffic are not developed to their full potential. With this as a backdrop, in this densly populated european area, there is a lack of crosslinks between the main axes and of access to airports, especially Eindhoven and Düsseldorf with its proflie as a business-express airport.
The previously executed business case shows clearly that a nonstop, transfer free train connection between Düsseldorf and Eindhoven is not utopian, but has a remarkably good cost recorevy. In comparison to other cross border connections, te already existant catenary allows nonstop IC traffic with dual system vehicles without big forward investments. This is proved by the already running Dutch IC deviation in case of breakdown of the “Hollandroute”.
Briefly said: “The tracks are ready, the stations are there and people are waiting. All that is needed is the train.”
In other words: The shortest and fastest connection between Rhein-Ruhr and Noord-Brabant/Randstad leads via MG and Venlo. Right here, Europe has to grow together.