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Brussels to unveil ‘core’ transport network in September

In Europe News on July 16, 2011 at 1:43 am

By Honor Mahony

Getting from A to B in the European Union is not particularly easy. It can involve a swathe of transport modes, varying levels of service quality, good old congestion and many more kilometres than the crow flies.

Its largest airports are not directly connected. Its busiest ports are not backed up by efficient infrastructure for goods distribution, and super fast rail travel in one member state often stops at the border because the next member state runs a different electricity system.

The EU recognised the problem many years ago. It first started talking about setting up a trans-European Network, connecting major roads, railways, cities, airports and ports in 1994. In 2004, after some legendary lobbying by member states, it agreed a list of 30 priority infrastructure projects, partly funded by the EU, to be completed by 2010.

Bar a few examples, the list as it stands today makes for sorry reading. It is a tribute to tardiness, empty public wallets, local vested interests and member states’ habit of concentrating on their own transport back yard rather than on committing to cross-border projects. It is also clear…

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