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“To analyse and test options for channeling investment into European transport infrastructure projects.”

The problem

Studies of European transport policy highlight the difficulty of mobilising capital investment as a key problem in financing transport infrastructure projects. Research is needed to identify the optimum charging and investment policies to attract the necessary funding. One promising avenue is the creation of a European transport infrastructure fund, financed by mark-ups on transport activities. Another option is to exploit mark-ups of user costs charged by the suppliers who make the initial investment. Scientific modelling and analysis is needed to find the best option or mixture of options.

FUNDING  Attracting investment into European transport infrastructure


FUNDING will develop a scientifically sound approach to analysing options for the funding of large transport infrastructure investments in the EU.

The project will:

  • Estimate the scale of the funding gap for investments in transport infrastructure, by mode of transport and by country, up to 2020
  • Develop alternative scenarios for a European transport infrastructure fund and the use of mark-ups on transport costs to finance the fund
  • Use modelling to test the effect of different infrastructure funding scenarios

Contribution to policy development:

  • FUNDING will develop a tested methodology for charging and investment policies in the transport sector.
  • It will carry out a trans-European overview of greater use for European policy-makers than existing national studies.
  • It will highlight options to promote a better balance between competing policy demands of economic development, quality of transport services and environmental quality.

Project deliverables

  • Report on the economics of European infrastructure funds – June 2006
  • Scenarios for a European infrastructure fund and the use of mark-ups – June 2006
  • Results of testing the impacts of alternative scenarios for a European infrastructure fund – April 2007
  • Five case studies on the effects of infrastructure fund scenarios on existing Trans-European Transport Network projects – June 2007
  • Conclusions, recommendations and final report – December 2007


  • Website with information for target users, and email network to contact interested parties – from July 2005
  • Dissemination workshop – October 2007
  • Technical implementation plan – December 2007
  • Publications in academic journals – as results become available
  • Presentation of results at international conferences – as opportunities arise

Technical information

Project acronym: FUNDING
Project’s official full title: Funding Infrastructure: Guidelines for Europe
Research priority: The development of tools, indicators and operational parameters for assessing sustainable transport and energy systems performance (economic, environmental and social)
Specific webpage:
Proposal/contract no: 513499
Start date: 1 July 2005
Kick off meeting: July 2005
Completion date: 31 December 2007
European Commission scientific officer: Frederik Rasmussen,

Name: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Abbreviated name: KULeuven
Address: Naamsestraat 69, 3000 Leuven
Country: Belgium
Tel: +32 16 326801
Fax: +32 16 326796


Name: Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
Abbreviated name: UNIVLEEDS
Country: United Kingdom         

Name: Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel
Abbreviated name: CAU Kiel
Country: Germany

Name: Free University of Amsterdam
Abbreviated name: FUA
Country: Netherlands

Name: Workgroup for Infrastructure Policy, Berlin University of Technology
Abbreviated name: TUB
Country: Germany

Name: Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Abbreviated name: HUJI
Country: Israel

Name: Tampere University of Technology
Abbreviated name: TTY
Country: Finland

Name: Transport & Mobility Leuven
Abbreviated name: TML
Country: Belgium

Name: AdpC
Abbreviated name: AdpC
Country: Belgium

Name: Institute for Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering, University of Vienna
Abbreviated name: TU Wien
Country: Austria

Name: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Abbreviated name: AUTH
Country: Greece

Name: Büro für Raumforschung, Raumplanung und Geoinformation
Abbreviated name: RRG
Country: Germany