This feature examines the latest developments in the Trans-European Network (TEN) road and rail projects, and considers the future prospects for Europe's road and bridge builders. It also describes the latest techniques and equipment innovations in this sector. The TENs scheme includes many regional improvement programmes, together with 14 huge priority projects listed by the feature. Although infrastructure development at present centres on moving people and goods, rather than information, it seems likely that the European Union (EU) will not again see another initiative on a similar scale, and that any major investment programmes in the near future will be in rail rather than road. According to figures from the European Commission's Directorate General VII, spending on transport was ECU352,000M in 1997, of which ECU204,000M went on rail projects, ECU62,000M on roads, and the other ECU86,000M on other transport modes and schemes; ECU211,000M went on the priority TENs schemes. There is also considerable need for infrastructure investment in Eastern Europe, where it is generally agreed that about ECU10,000M per year will be required for each of the next ten years. Although the EU has promised ECU1000M per year, most of the investment money needs to be private, so that public-private partnerships need to be developed.

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    WADHURST, EAST SUSSEX  United Kingdom  TN5 6TP
  • Publication Date: 1998


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  • Pagination: p. 16-7,21-2
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  • Accession Number: 00766914
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Aug 2 1999 12:00AM