Good transport links are vital
to Europe's economic well being, and as a major sector in its own right,
transportation must be seen as a key driver of industrial growth and competitiveness.
Broad research on a range of transport-related issues took place in the
Fourth Framework Programme for Research and the results can now be studied
on a new website created by the Energy and Transport Directorate. Details
are available on 280 projects which take in topical and important social,
financial and economic issues.
The website provides summaries of the key results and policy implications
from the RTD transport programme. Detailed project reports are also available
by downloading from an extensive document library and there are links
to related sites for both on-going and finished projects. Users can register
to receive regular e-mail bulletins so they can be kept informed of results
as and when they are released.
The Energy and Transport DG wants the results of the
transport programme - which ran from 1994 to 1998 - to be made widely
available. This is to help ensure the work supports decision makers in
Member States. The aim is to build a Transport RTD Knowledge Centre that
will be a valuable reference for national, regional, and local administrators
as well as for industry and researchers.
With a budget of
5270 million from the EC and further funding from project partners,
the transport programme helps inform the EU's Common Transport Policy
(CTP) which seeks to produce efficient and cost-effective transport
networks for goods and passengers while minimising energy consumption
and the social and environmental impacts of transport.
The 280 projects were established within seven
main areas of research: strategic research; rail transport; air
transport; water-based transport; road transport; urban transport;
and integrated transport chains.
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There has been a
shift of emphasis for transport research under the EC's Fifth Framework
programme, as work is now based around themes rather than modes.
Such activities are covered by the key action "Sustainable Mobility
and Intermodality" to which Commission plans to contribute 5320
million. There is plenty of other transport-related research being
carried out under the auspices of the Fifth Framework covering topics
such as aeronautics, urban development, and new vehicle and information
The project to provide
the above website is called EXTRA, EXploitation of TRAnsport research
and its technical content, as well as an Information Bureau and
complementary activities (newsletters, events) all seek to raise
awareness of the programme in the EU and in central and eastern
The Information Bureau can be contacted by
+ 44 (0) 1235 46 42 46,
by fax: + 44 (0) 1235 43 65 51
or by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
It can provide printed copies of information
on the website, as well as helping with more general enquiries on
transport research. A handy website user guide can be provided on
request. Users are encouraged to register with the bureau to receive
monthly e-mail bulletins announcing the latest information on the