The ultimate policy objective of the TEN-T is the establishment of a single, multimodal network covering both traditional ground-based structures and equipment (including intelligent transport systems) to enable safe and efficient traffic. Increasingly, it also involves the deployment of innovative systems that not only promise benefits for transport but also have substantial potential for industrial innovation.
The Trans-European Transport Network shall be established gradually by integrating land, sea and air transport infrastructure components, and by including the necessary technical installations, information and telecommunication systems to ensure smooth operation of the network and efficient traffic management.
The transport infrastructure components are road, rail and inland waterway networks, motorways of the sea, seaports and inland waterway ports, airports and other interconnection points between modal networks.
Intelligent transport systems include the traffic management systems for road, rail, air and waterborne transport as well as the positioning and navigation systems.