Commission publishes corridor studies <

Monday 22 Dec 2014 / Gerelateerde tags: Infrastructure Policy 

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The European Commission published the corridor studies elaborated by external consultants' teams. The studies include detailed analyses of the corridors characteristics and identify the action needed to bring the corridors up to the required quality and capacity standards.

On 22 December 2014, each European Coordinator formally submitted a work plan based on these studies under his/her responsibility to the Transport Ministers of the Member States directly concerned.

The corridor studies comprise:

  • detailed definition of the alignment of the corridors determining precisely the routes, transport nodes and their access links, TEN-T connections in urban nodes or correlations with rail freight corridors in close cooperation with the Member States concerned and  data have been encoded in the EU-wide information system for the trans-European transport network TENtec;
  • market analysis
  • identification of critical issues and bottlenecks which hamper traffic flows along the corridors in the short, medium and longer term as well as corridor development objectives
  • preliminary project lists identified on the basis of the experts' analysis and their cooperation with Member States and infrastructure managers

The Commission plans to launch new studies around mid-2015 which, building on the present studies, should deepen the market analysis, the socio-economic effects, the consolidation of project lists or the approach to prioritising projects. An important area of further analysis will also be the identification of project categories which have received less attention so far but are of key importance for the functioning of efficient and sustainable transport corridors, including: projects in the field of traffic management – notably intelligent transport systems in the road sector, in the field of technological innovation or projects related to the integration of urban areas in core network corridors.

The corridor fora will continue their work in 2015, and working group meetings will also continue to be organised to deal with specific issues.

All this will accompany the implementation of the first set of corridor work plans and consolidate the information basis with a view to updating the work plans in 2016 and 2018.

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