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November newsletter
26 Nov 2015:

Our November newsletter is now out and highlights four interesting TRIP projects, upcoming events and transport research and innovation news. Read it here:

Portal relaunched
26 Nov 2015:

Ongoing work to update the TRIP portal to a more efficient and secure management system is now complete. The new website features improved user profiles that will allow you to better track the content you create and update it with the latest results from your projects. The updates also improve a number of back-end functions, allowing the portal to be managed more efficiently. Read the full story here.


Transport SME Innovation Day - Brussels, 23 November 2015
25 Nov 2015:

Innovation and deployment of new technologies, products, services and solutions are key to economic growth and employment. Therefore, converting outcomes of R&I projects into the market applications is critical. Open to all Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) active in the Transport sector and its value chain, the 'Transport SME Innovation Day' was held in Brussels on 23 November 2015 and provided information and useful hints about:

  • Opportunities for SMEs in Horizon 2020 and other EU financial instruments in support of innovation;

  • Corporate Venture Capital and related investment strategies;

  • Intellectual Property Rights to protect an invention;

  • Hands-on experience: how SMEs bring their inventions successfully to the market

To get all presentations and watch the video-recorded event, just click here

39% of UK transport users would consider using a driverless car
24 Nov 2015:

New research conducted by the Transport Systems Catapult, shows that 39% of people in the UK would now consider using a self-driving vehicle if it was available, rising to as high as 62% amongst young professionals living in cities.

The research was conducted with the support of the Department for Transport (DfT), the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Innovate UK, as part of a Traveller Needs Study comprised of 10,000 online questionnaire respondents, 50 company interviews, and 100 expert interviews. Rather than focusing on car owners, the study looked at transport users of all types, revealing a much higher than expected potential acceptance of autonomous technology.

Overall, the Traveller Needs Study revealed an increasingly progressive attitude amongst the UK’s transport users which fed into attitudes towards autonomous vehicles. 54% now consider a smart phone an essential part of their journey, whilst 57% would share personal data in order to improve their journeys.

The Transport Systems Catapult is currently working on the LUTZ Pathfinder project, which will oversee the trial of three automated pods within Milton Keynes city centre, and assess their feasibility from both a technological and societal point of view.

Discussing the findings, TSC CEO Steve Yianni commented:
“Drivers who use autonomous features could benefit from additional productive time, reduced fatigue and decreased congestion – not to mention the increased safety of self-drive technology. We think these figures demonstrate a growing awareness of these benefits.”                     
Note to editors

The Traveller Needs and UK Capability Study can be downloaded in full at

A video of the recent unveiling of the LUTZ Pathfinder driverless pod in Milton Keynes is available on YouTube for public distribution at

Further findings from the UK Traveller Needs and UK Capability Study included:

  • The study has identified 10 Value Spaces for Intelligent Mobility with estimated £56bn of value (revenue opportunities) in the UK alone

  • 75% of journeys are characterised by pain-points and 57% of travellers are always looking for ways to optimise their journeys

  • Multi-modal journeys are especially painful for UK travellers and each interchange increases the number of pain-points experienced

  • Overall, UK travellers today exhibit progressive attitudes and 57% of respondents would not mind sharing their personal data in order to get a better service.

  • UK travellers are increasingly connected (72% smartphone penetration) and more than half of smartphone users already consider it essential to their travel experience

  • The scale of unmet traveller needs is greatest in three segments that constitute approximately 60% of the population and make up 73% of annual journeys in the UK. Across these three key segments (Progressive Metropolitans, Default Motorists, and Dependent Passengers), there are significant opportunities for new Intelligent Mobility solutions

  • Intelligent Mobility will require the integration of different technologies, products and services that will result in a step change in mobility. Four Development Themes (Access, Automation, Demand and Supply, and Integration) have been described in the study

  • From the Development Themes, the study highlights six Core Capabilities for priority development to position the UK as a global leader in Intelligent Mobility

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Baltic rail connection receives EU support
24 Nov 2015:

The EU will support three fundamental rail projects in the Baltic region with approximately €734 million from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Programme for Transport. The projects, which were selected for funding under the 2014 CEF Transport Calls for Proposals and take place in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, will deliver faster travel times and increased capacity to local, regional and international rail services.

The three supported projects form part of the Rail Baltic/Rail Baltica project, which involves the construction and upgrade of a continuous EU gauge railway line between Tallinn (Estonia) and Warsaw (Poland), passing by the Baltic cities of Riga (Latvia) and Kaunas (Lithuania). Rail Baltic/Rail Baltica forms part of the North Sea-Baltic TEN-T Core Network Corridor.

The first of the three projects receiving EU support is a cross-border cooperation between the three Baltic States. It will receive support worth over €442 million to implement a large number of studies and works on several sites in Estonia, in Latvia (Riga area) and on the Kaunas-Panevezys-Lithuanian/Latvian border section in Lithuania.

The second project, co-funded with over €105 million, takes place entirely in Lithuania and covers studies and works for the development of the new EU gauge railway line from the border with Poland via the city of Kaunas and onwards to the border with Latvia.

The third project takes place entirely in Poland and involves the upgrade and modernisation of approximately 102 km of railway line from Warsaw Rembertow to Sadowne and to Czyzew. It will be supported by the EU with a grant worth almost €186 million.

Completion of the three projects will contribute to a high quality continuous connection for freight and passenger rail transport between Finland, the Baltic States, Poland and other European countries. Moreover, it will reduce travel times and positively affect rail safety as the region upgrades its rail traffic control systems.

The projects are set to be completed by the end of 2020.

How Cycling Can Save Cities Money and Emissions
20 Nov 2015:

The incredible potential of dramatically increasing cycling is captured for the first time in a scientific study carried out by ITDP and UC Davis. A new report, A Global High Shift Cycling Scenario, shows that cycling and e-biking can cut energy use and CO2 emissions of urban transport by up to 10% by 2050 compared to current estimations, while saving society trillions of dollars.

This is the first report that quantifies the potential CO2 and cost savings associated with a world-wide shift toward much greater use of cycling in urban areas,” said report co-author Lew Fulton, co-director of the STEPS Program within the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis. “The estimated impacts surprised me because they are so large. The costs saved in lower energy use and reducing the need for car travel, new roads, and parking lots through 2050 are substantial.”

According to the study, the right mix of investments and public policies can bring bikes and e-bikes to cover up to 14% of urban kilometers by 2050 – ranging from about 25% in the Netherlands and China to about 7% in the U.S. and Canada. The potential is enormous when considering that typically more than half of all urban trips around the world are less than 10 kilometers and can be potentially be done by bike.

“This is an excellent study; worthy to be used worldwide for getting cycling in all policies across the globe at all levels, from local to international. We need to unlock the potential”, said Dr. Bernhard Ensink, Secretary-General of the European Cyclists’ Federation, one of the associations which commissioned the study.

“Cycling is a crucial means of transport for millions of people around the world,” says Brian Cookson, President of the UCI, which also co-funded the work. “This report demonstrates that, if more governments followed good examples like the Netherlands or Denmark to make their cities better for cycling, we’d see huge benefits from lower carbon emissions, hugely reduced costs in transport infrastructure and potentially safer, healthier places.”

“This study shows the profound impact that cycling can have in developing countries like India and China, where much of the infrastructure has yet to be built,” according to Jacob Mason, co-author of the study. “Building cities for cycling will not only lead to cleaner air and safer streets–it will save people and governments a substantial amount of money, which can be spent on other things. That’s smart urban policy.”

The report builds on the 2014 study A Global High Shift Scenario: Impacts and Potential for More Public Transport, Walking, and Cycling with Lower Car Use. That report provided a global assessment of the potential for increasing travel on sustainable, efficient modes while concurrently developing cities that are far less car-dependent. However, the role of cycling in the previous study could be considered relatively minor, with the global average urban mode share increasing by three percentage points in 2030 (from 3 to 6 percent of total travel). This report explores just how much is possible if we study cycling in more detail using the same approach. The result is the most comprehensive picture ever of global urban cycling activity.

A Global High Shift Cycling Scenario was authored by ITDP and the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis (ITS-Davis). The report was commissioned and supported by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF), and Bicycle Product Suppliers Association (BPSA).

Read the new report: A Global High Shift Cycling Scenario

EU Transport Scoreboard shows Transport is improving in the Member States
20 Nov 2015:

Brussels, 20 November 2015

Today, the European Commission published the second edition of the "EU Transport Scoreboard", which compares how Member States perform in 29 transport categories.

Today, the European Commission published the second edition of the "EU Transport Scoreboard", a benchmark which compares how Member States perform in 29 categories covering all aspects of transport. The objective of the Scoreboard is to help Member States to identify areas requiring priority investments and actions, in order to create a Single European Transport Area with high standards, notably in terms of sustainability. This is essential to the deepening of the internal market and to the shift towards a low-carbon economy, two priorities of the Commission.

EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said "The 2015 scoreboard shows how dynamic the European transport sector is. I am pleased to see that good progress has been made compared to last year, for example for infrastructure quality and the opening of rail freight markets. The Scoreboard also shows what still needs to be done, in order to create jobs in the transport sector or to improve its sustainability."

The Scoreboard brings together data from a variety of public sources (such as Eurostat, the European Environment Agency and the World Economic Forum). Following the publication of the first edition of the scoreboard in 2014 (IP/14/414), the Commission has refined the indicators and improved the scoreboard's presentation. In this year's edition, it is also possible to simply and visually track Member State progress over time. Overall, Member States have made good progress compared to the first edition of the Scoreboard.

The Netherlands top this year's edition with high scores in 16 categories, followed by SwedenFinland, the United Kingdom and Denmark.

The Scoreboard can be consulted either by country or by one of the following topics:

  • Internal market (including indicators on rail market opening, pending court cases about infringements of EU law and the rate of transposition of EU transport directives into national law);

  • Investments and infrastructure (including quality of infrastructure for the different modes of transport and completion rates of the Trans-European Network for Transport (TEN-T));

  • Energy Union and innovation (including share of renewable energy in transport fuel consumption, new cars using alternative fuels and time spent by drivers in traffic jams); and

  • People (including road and railway safety, women employed in transport and consumer satisfaction with different modes of transport).

For more information

Please see the MEMO/15/6118 for more information country by country.

The country fiche of Ireland is available here, for the UK see here.
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