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EU to support studies on upgrading the port of Hamburg

Creation date: February 17, 2015

The EU's TEN-T Programme will invest over €500,000 in a study on introducing an intelligent traffic management system in the port of Hamburg in Germany. The study is to contribute to an optimised use of the port's infrastructure, reduced traffic-related pollution, faster transport and cargo handling and improved road safety.


The study will look into ways to improve the utilisation rates and cost-effectiveness of existing infrastructure and facilities in the Port of Hamburg by introducing an intelligent traffic management system in both the existing and planned truck and car parks.


The potential benefits of the project are:

  • a concept that can be transferred to other ports and locations with high industrial and non-industrial activity
  • an increased utilisation rate and cost-effectiveness of the transport infrastructure by providing information about parking space availability
  • reduced traffic volumes and fuel consumption, as well as damage to the environment due to less trucks looking for parking bays
  • better road safety and conditions for truck drivers who will no longer have to park randomly along the roads
  • more reliable transport processes and easier planning of driving times and rest periods in line with parking space availability, time windows to provide or deliver goods and traffic information

The study's outcomes will be used by the port authority to take decisions on the future implementation.


The project was selected for EU funding with the assistance of external experts under the TEN-T Annual Call 2013, priority 'New generation of smart / connected transport'. Its implementation will be monitored by INEA, the European Commission's Innovation and Networks Executive Agency.


The project is to be completed by December 2015.


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Project: 2013-DE-92024-S


The TEN-T Programme was established by the European Commission to support the construction and upgrade of transport infrastructure across the European Union.


The INEA is managing the technical and financial implementation of the TEN-T programme.