Transportation Hubs or Touristic and Cultural Reserves? The Future of Inland Waterways in Europe

With the development of land and air transportation, rivers – as communication routes – began to lose their significance, although they once played important economic, transport and culture-forming functions. EU tries to support the competitiveness of this type of transport in Europe i.a. through NAIADES II programme.

In Poland, after many decades of stagnation and idleness, in recent years we have also observed an increasingly stronger turn towards rivers and an attempt to utilize their economic potential. Investment needs in this area are huge.

 

There are opinions, however, that due to high costs of construction or reconstruction of inland waterways infrastructure, these efforts are doomed to failure and rivers will remain mainly a tourist attraction. Does it necessarily have to be this way?