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EU H2020 SETRIS PROJECT D1.3 Truly integrated long distance transport system

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Paulus AditjandraORCiD, Professor Roberto Palacin



This is the final published version of a report that has been published in its final definitive form by Newcastle University, 2015.

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SETRIS D1.3 aims to define a truly integrated long distance transport system. ACARE and ERTRAC roadmaps broadly tend to have a higher focus on passenger aspects while WATERBORNE and ALICE include more aspects related to freight. ERRAC’s roadmaps consider both passenger and freight. This document attempts to provide an understanding of the conditions required to achieve a truly integrated long distance passenger transport system. To do so, an overview of the status of the related roadmaps is briefly introduced and assessed, with particular emphasis on cross-modal aspects already taking place between ERTRAC, ERRAC, WATERBORNE and ACARE. This is then put into context with the aspirations of the transport White Paper (original and its midterm review) as well as those included in the EC’s transport advisory group (TAG), both of which include visions of what the European transport system should be and do. This assessment shows that there is no clear, specific long distance passenger transport ideal, with perhaps the exception of the following competitive and sustainable transport target: “[…] an efficient core network for multimodal intercity travel and transport”. Instead a number of interesting and sometimes ambitious priorities for each of the individual modes are largely targeted. It is these single mode priorities that can pose the biggest limitation to achieve a truly integrated passenger long distance transport offer. This shortcoming is also highlighted in the TAG report of 2014. Instead, for a truly integrated long distance passenger transport system to become a reality connectivity between i) road and rail; ii) road and air; iii) rail and air is critical. This deliverable briefly outlines a small number of targets, potential obstacles and regulatory issues for each of these three aspects where the ETPs with the support of SETRIS can act. While it is possibly naïve to define what a long distance passenger transport system is, a good attempt would be to adopt ACARE’s vision to provide 90% of all European long distance travel door-to-door within four hours, always in the context of addressing the three long-distance essential connectivity ingredients described. This also relates to the ERRAC-ERTRAC-WATERBORNE-ACARE-ECTP Task Force’s vision of an integrate transport systems which is faster, safer and reliable.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Aditjandra PT, Palacin R

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title:

Year: 2015

Online publication date: 19/10/2016

Acceptance date: 01/10/2015

Institution: Newcastle University

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne