An updated version of the Issues Papers of the European Coordinators for the TEN-T (the trans-European transport network master plan) was presented in Rotterdam, at the TEN-T days on 20-21 June. The Issues Papers include a number of “Issues” raised by the seven coordinators which deserve attention to contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the 21st UN Conference of the Parties on Climate (COP 21).
The European Coordinators see the Core Network Corridors as a unique means to make these corridors forerunners of a sustainable and forward-looking European transport system. TEN-T corridors promise synergies and added value from the combination of different types of projects and involvement of different actors.
Five areas which call for particular attention in integrating transport policy issues into further core network corridor development have been identified. The five selected areas cannot cover all issues at stake, neither is the analysis we have undertaken in these papers exhaustive. Given the different nature of the issues, their expositions are also not entirely coherent. The Papers should be understood as a first milestone of a process, as a door opener for further reflection and deeper analysis and as a catalyst for broader involvement and commitment.
The Issues Papers are about:
• Multi-modality and efficient freight logistics
• Intelligent Transport Systems
• Innovation and Clean Fuel infrastructure
• Integrating urban nodes
• Cooperation with third countries
The Papers state that “Multi-modal transport and freight logistics can only become more efficient and sustainable when the full range of infrastructure requirements (including terminals, seamless connections of all modes, ICT systems etc.) are in place all along the transport routes. This is of vital importance to enabling seamless transport chains across modes and future-oriented logistics solutions, and to stimulate the shift of long distance traffic from road to rail, inland waterways and maritime transport”. CO-GISTICS is mentioned in the document as an example for C-ITS deployment for freight and CO-GISTICS (page 25 of the document).
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