EU focuses more on the single network concept

Feb 24th, 2012 | Category: Articles, Current Issue ID, February 12, Policies & Strategies

Although the transport infrastructure of the European Union is well developed, it is still fragmented and requires an integrated network that will cover all member states and regions and build the foundation of a balanced development of the transport system. By December 2023, the EC will analyse the implementation of the projects on the central network by evaluating the dispositions included in the regulation adopted towards the end of 2011.

In October 2011, the European Parliament and the Council drafted the Union’s guidelines on the development of the Trans-European transport network approaching five main issues referring to the missing links, the considerable difference in the quality and availability of infrastructure (especially on the East-West link), the fragmentation of infrastructure between transport modes, infrastructure investments, as well as the distinct rules and operating requirements in the member states.
The adopted guidelines define the requirements that need to be implemented and observed by the entities responsible with the infrastructure management of the Trans-European network, setting the priorities for the development of the network and include measures for the implementation of projects.
As regards the railway infrastructure, the Regulation stresses the implementation of the ERTMS, dumping the impact of the phonic pollution generated by railway transport and meeting even higher stan-dards than the minimum requirements on technical specifications that will have to permit the traffic management and the information exchange for the delivery of added value services, thus improving the safety, security and the environment performance. Also, the TSIs have to facilitate the direct connection between the infrastructure of the international network and that of the regional and local network.
For a single transport system, the Union’s guidelines are aimed at creating and developing a complete TEN-T network, consisting in railway transport dedicated infrastructure, inland waterways, maritime routes and ensuring the continuous and uninterrupted operation. “It is very important that the transportation system would be operated according to the European method to create a single supply chain. As regards railway transport, the problems arise from the interoperability and the limitation of access, creating obstacles and hindering the railway transport flow. This is the reason why the removal of existing barriers either legislative, technical or political is a priority”, declared in an interview for Railway Pro, EFIP’s Director, Madame Isabelle Ryckbost.
For 2012, the European Commission launched the project demands on the annual programme of TEN-T, for which a financing of USD 200 Million is available. “This European financing will support member states in their complex projects to improve the TEN-T network”, declared the European Commissioner for Transport, Siim Kallas.
Also, at the end of 2011, the European Commission adopted a financing plan which included investments worth EUR 50 Billion aimed at improving  transport, energy and digital networks in Europe. EUR 31.7 Billion of the amount will be invested in the modernisation of the transport infrastructure in Europe, the construction of non-existing links and elimination of bottlenecks.

[ by Pamela Luică ]

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