Over the past two decades trade has increased significantly between the eastern and western part of Europe. Consequently, also passenger and freight traffic increased with the same speed. Many ITS corridor projects are oriented North – South, and therefore East West Corridor Activity of the EU EIP project aimed at studying the feasibility of seamless, continuous and harmonized ITS services on the East-West corridor (EWC), including a first pilot implementation of a dedicated intermodal route planner for the East West Corridor.
The EWC runs from Ireland, via UK, Benelux, Germany and Poland to the Baltic States and Finland, and thus links the CEF corridors North Sea - Mediterranean (purple) and North Sea – Baltic (red) and the Finnish part of Scandinavia – Mediterranean (pink), including interfaces to crossing North-South corridors.
Three activities in East West Corridor
Three activities have been carried out in the East West Corridor:
- A feasibility study was carried out to assess state of implementation and near-term plans regarding ITS systems and services, and identify which ones could be prioritized, adapted, enhanced or introduced as seamless, continuous services along (sections of) the East West Corridor.
- Secondly, a dedicated intermodal route planner for containers was implemented, demonstrating seamless, continuous and harmonized ITS services on the East West Corridor. It demonstrates how ITS can play a role for the better and multi-modal use of corridors, helping to realize both national and European policies. The dedicated intermodal planner increases the visibility of the intermodal transport services on the EWC and thus contributes to an efficient multimodal transport system.
- While continuing the exploitation of the results of this activity an on-line GIS tool was developed visualizing approximately 250 ITS projects on the East West Corridor. In addition an inventory was made of existing Traffic Management Centre contacts and Cross Border Management procedures between adjacent road authorities on the East West Corridor.
Report: Road Map for seamless ITS services on EWC
This report is the culmination of the feasibility study of the East West Corridor and follows a series of consultation exercises with road authorities, analysis of information and workshops where consideration has been given to a vision, the benefits arising from establishing an East – West corridor, and creation of a potential road map to implementation of the corridor. This report uses the East – West Corridor Feasibility Study as a key input for the ITS Road Map for an operational East West Corridor across Northern Europe.
East West Corridor intermodal route planner
March 2017 the East West Corridor intermodal route planner for European container transport was launched. The route planner was based on the Intermodal Links planner, and the EU EIP project partners contributed to the planner by adding new intermodal operators and links, especially on the East West Corridor. It also initiated the inclusion of freight ferries into the planner. The intermodal planner demonstrated how ITS could play a role for the better use of corridors, helping to realize European policies. The intermodal route planner on the East-West Corridor increased the visibility of the intermodal transport services on the corridor. Logistics companies can save on costs and can reduce their environmental impact by using intermodal transport along the corridor.
Inventory of projects GIS tool
The Project Inventory GIS tool of the East West Corridor is a web application designed to visualize the various types of ITS projects implemented on the EWC network. It can be used without particular expertise by all interested parties that want to know more about the type of ITS projects implemented on this corridor. It allows the users to search for specific ITS implementations on the EWC.
The GIS tool provides an overview of approximately 250 ITS projects on the East West Corridor. The ITS projects included are provided by partners of the EU EIP project. These projects can be financed either nationally or with European co-funding (e.g. CEF).
Note: The GIS tool does not claim to be complete: there will be other ITS projects on the East West Corridor which are not included in this GIS tool.
This activity is still on-going. Achievements will be added later.
The following organisations (countries) participated in the East West Corridor activity:
- Rijkswaterstaat (The Netherlands)
- BASt (Germany)
- GDDKiA (Poland)
- Highways England (United Kingdom)
- Port of Zeebrugge, MOW Vlaanderen, SPW Wallonia (Belgium)
- Transport Infrastructure Ireland, Irish Exporters’ Association (Ireland)
- EWTCA (Lithuania)
- Trafikverket (Sweden)
- Vayla (Finland)
- ERA (Estonia)
- Egnatia (Greece)
- ITS Bulgaria (ITS Bulgaria)
- Vegwesen (Norway)
- ITS Romania (Romania)
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