This article describes the work of European Strategic Intermodal Links (EUROSIL), and discusses the added value of intermodality to transport improvements and area development. The overall objective of EUROSIL is to develop a modelling and evaluation framework for appraising the area development impacts of improved multimodality, intermodality, and interoperability in the context of the Trans-European Networks (TENs) and Pan-European Networks (PENs). EUROSIL has used the case study approach, and defined 13 case studies in several parts of Europe to cover its main objectives. The case studies defined and tested twelve types of impacts, including changes in implementation, operation cost, vehicle operating costs, income generation, user costs, non-user costs, safety, environmental conditions, economic development, and mobility levels. The other types of impact were technological developments and other strategic policy and planning impacts. Several positive effects on area development were reported. The effects of integration on TENs and PENs were different. The article outlines the results of three case studies: (1) Strategic Intermodal Link Austria Hungary (SILAH); (2) Strategic Intermodal Link to Caspian Sea (SILC); and (3) Strategic Intermodal Link between Finland and Russia (SILFIR).


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  • Accession Number: 00779392
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 7 1999 12:00AM