Policies & Strategies

Measures adopted at EU level on urban mobility must involve Member States

Jun 25th, 2014 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue MT, June14, Policies & Strategies

The European cities where 70% of the EU population lives and which generate over 80% of the EU GDP are connected through one of the best transport systems. But mobility inside the cities is becoming increasingly difficult and less effective. The urban mobility still relies heavily on private cars using conventional fuels. The most recent […]



Two major turkish economic centres, connected by high-speed railways

Jun 25th, 2014 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue MT, June14, Policies & Strategies

Turkish Railways (TCDD) has initiated tests on Istanbul – Eskişehir section, part of Istanbul – Ankara high-speed railway, currently in construction. Thus, Turkey will have a high-speed railway between Istanbul, former capital, and Ankara, current capital, both very important centres of economic development. However, the inauguration date of Istanbul – Ankara high-speed railway has not […]



Competition must be in favour of customers

Jun 24th, 2014 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue MT, June14, Policies & Strategies, Recommended

Over the past decade, the growth of passenger traffic by rail has been insufficient to increase its modal share in comparison to road and air transport. The 6% modal share of passenger transport for rail in the European Union has remained fairly stable. Rail passenger transport services have not kept pace with other modes of […]



Novi Sad wants to reintroduce tram lines

Jun 24th, 2014 | By | Category: Articles, Business, Current Issue MT, June14, Policies & Strategies

Interview with Mr Aleksandar Jevdjenic, Head of Traffic Department, URBANIZAM – Urban Centre, Urban Planning and Research Centre, Novi Sad.  Novi Sad, the second largest city of Serbia, has a population of around 400,000 citizens and a geographical position that favours economic growth. The city has links to important transport routes being connected to the […]



Diesel fuel excise seriously affects fair transport competition

May 27th, 2014 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue ID, May 14, Policies & Strategies

As of April, according to the Fiscal Code, Romania has introduced a new tax on oil products, of 7 euro cents, a tax that will significantly affect the price of all transport modes, as well as transport competitiveness. One of the affected transport sectors will be railway transport, both freight and passengers. We have analysed […]



Armenia-Iran project to be launched in 2015

May 27th, 2014 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue ID, May 14, Policies & Strategies

According to a study carried out by a group of experts of South Caucasus Railway, the maximum annual transport volume, if a railway connection Armenia-Iran was built, would amount at 15-18 million tonnes of freight.“In case favourable circumstances appeared, the project on the construction of Armenia-Iran railway could be initiated not later than mid 2015”, […]



General Transport Master Plan – how efficient will it be for Romania’s sustainable transport strategy?

May 27th, 2014 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue ID, May 14, Policies & Strategies

The General Transport Master Plan is drafted to offer a clear transport development strategy in Romania over the next 20 years. To be turned into account, is should provide applicable solutions to the problems and requirements of the transport sector in Romania. The Master Plan will identify the projects and policies that would best meet […]



Freight corridors, significant re-balancing of cross-border transport

May 27th, 2014 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue ID, May 14, Policies & Strategies

With a view to strengthening the Railway Undertakings’ “message” in the European Corridor structures as defined by Regulation 913/2010, the International Union of Railways has initiated a project designed to streamline processes across all railway undertakings and across all corridors. “This project ties in with UIC’s mission to develop a pragmatic vision of technical and […]



Reduced cross-border interoperability – the European rail network vulnerability

May 27th, 2014 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue ID, May 14, Policies & Strategies

No major change in transport will be possible without the support of a proper network and without the intelligent use of this network. Overall, transport infrastructure investments have a positive impact on economic growth, and jobs, and enhance trade, geographical accessibility and the mobility of people. It has to be planned in a way that […]



Appropriate condition of railway infrastructure, important factor of railway transportation shares

May 27th, 2014 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue ID, May 14, Policies & Strategies

Interview with Mr. Vidmantas Tamulis, Head of the Railway Transport Division at the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Republic of Lithuania Lithuania has set its priorities for 2014-2020 which include traffic safety, reducing railway bottlenecks, measures that will help increase the attractiveness of railway freight and passenger transport and reducing pollution levels. The main […]