Use of Intelligent Transport Systems in the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T)
The potential of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) applications has encouraged the European Commission (EC) to refer to them in its 2006 mid-term review of the Transport White Paper. Innovation for more efficiency and sustainability is a main objective and the use of ITS a means to that end.
While we use advanced road traffic management systems in many places throughout Europe, regional and national ITS services still form a fragmented patchwork. The EC has a vision to put to work intelligent transport systems and services throughout Europe.
To support Europe-wide services, the EU supports ITS in road transport by co-funding deployment projects. The
grant programme for the Trans-European Network for Transport (TEN-T) aims to establish interconnections, interoperability and continuity of services especially on long-distance routes and across borders. Its guidelines cover the infrastructure for traffic management, traveller information, emergency systems and electronic fee collection.
The following sections give an overview how the programme has evolved. There has been a continuous development from support of individual projects (before 2001) towards more cross border deployment (2001-2006) and now real Europe-wide services (2007-2013).
The TEN-T work programme 2007-2013 outlines the following priorities for
- Europe-wide traffic and travel information service
- Europe-wide traffic management service
- Europe-wide freight & logistics
Projects shall facilitate co-modality by promoting the concept of the connected traveller and connected intelligent technologies and have an emphasis on cross border cooperation and continuity of service.
The EU also aims to create a single market for ITS services. This includes the development of technical standards to ensure interoperability and a stable basis for investment decisions, as well as the necessary legal and organisational framework for the deployment of ITS services (see ITS Action Plan).
Within the framework of the TEN-T programme for the period 2007-2013 an indicative amount of 300 million € has been programmed for ITS road projects (of about 8 billion € for TEN-T in total). This amount will be spread over three calls. One has been in 2007, which selected the EasyWay project (see below). Two more are planned respectively in 2009 (100 million €) and 2011 (100 million €).
The 2009 Call has been launched on 31 March 2009 and is closing on 15 May 2009. All information and documents about the
2009 TEN-T Calls for Proposals are available from the TEN-T Executive Agency.
Since 2007 the new
TEN-T Executive Agency is managing the technical and financial implementation of the TEN-T programme, including road ITS. This includes the organisation of calls and evaluation.