Study on improving the efficiency of the transport system in urban nodes of the TEN-T core network

The main challenge for urban nodes is to improve multimodal connections and at the same time consider connections with local and regional transport to ensure smooth first and last miles in passenger and freight transport.

Whereas urban policy is a bottom-up process in the TEN-T context, measures identification, selection & prioritization, in the core corridors it is traditionally a top-down process mostly initiated from the EU and national level. Accordingly, the two policy areas (TEN-T and local transport) are currently organized in a relatively separated way. The challenge for the future is to build a bridge between both dimensions and policy areas and to apply an integrated approach of planning and policy development.

The study investigates the underlying problem and comes with conclusions and main recommendations.

To mention the most important:

  • strengthen the urban profile of the TEN-T Days
  • cooperate more actively with existing networks
  • use and contribute to well established conferences on urban mobility
  • promote the stepwise appraisal methodology
  • check, amend and update existing indicator schemes and assessment frameworks
  • add prominently the TEN-T perspective and projects to ELTIS and similar platforms
  • motivate the EC’s national expert group on urban mobility to play a facilitating role
  • support bottom-up activities and interregional alliances
  • support institutionalization processes and provide kick-off financing
  • consider urban nodes in corridor planning and programs
  • Integrate with other projects like CEF and CIVITAS

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