FUTURE OF TEN-T - CONNECTING EUROPE
On 19th October 2011, the European Commission adopted a package for a new transport infrastructure policy which comprises a proposal for the revision of the TEN-T guidelines and a proposal for a Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).
The new core network will remove bottlenecks, upgrade
infrastructure and streamline cross border transport operations for passengers and
businesses throughout the EU. It will improve connections between different modes of
transport and contribute to the EU's climate change objectives. The new core TEN-T
network will be supported by a comprehensive network of routes, feeding into the
core network at regional and national level. This will largely be financed by Member
States, with some EU transport and regional funding possibilities, including with
new innovative financing instruments. The aim is to ensure that progressively, and
by 2050, the great majority of Europe's citizens and businesses will be no more than
30 minutes' travel time from this comprehensive network.
Taken as a whole, the new transport network will deliver:
- safer and less congested travel
- as well as smoother and quicker journeys.