EU guidelines for developing the Trans-European transport network, which were adopted in July 1996, are now being revised. This article presents some ideas on how to develop and evaluate these networks, as a possible input to the methodology of the revision process. Its proposals set homogeneous high-quality criteria for the services that the networks provide, while allowing their development to be monitored, especially with respect to their extension across the EU. The passenger transport and freight transport networks have different characteristics. Their separate operation is a trend in modern logistics that is growing, even though they very often use the same infrastructures and sometimes share vehicles. These networks are made up of meshes, with corresponding nodes and links, across the EU; the links include 'hard' infrastructure, like roads and railway tracks, and 'soft' infrastructure using telecommunications. Criteria for selecting nodes and links for inclusion in the Trans-European passenger and freight networks include: (1) speed and capacity as components of service quality; (2) accessibility, interconnection, and intermeshing as measures of network quality and development; (3) the relationship between the networks' geometric forms and creation and operation costs; and (4) network topologies.


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  • Accession Number: 00793048
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: May 31 2000 12:00AM