European Commission presents new requirements for mobility in Europe
The European Commission want to create a greener and more modernized mobility in Europe. Therefore, on 14th of December this year, it has presented various measures which should lead to a better transport network in Europe. These measures are structured in four main thematic complexes, the support of TEN-T, Increasing long-distance and cross border rail traffic, intelligent transport services for drivers and cleaner, greener, easier urban mobility.
The first thematic complex is the support of TEN-T, which is an EU-wide network of rail, inland waterways, short-sea shipping routes and roads (for more information visit https://ec.europa.eu/inea/en/ten-t). The aim is to build a better traffic across the borders. This includes for example, that major rail lines can enable a faster travel speed of minimum 160 km/h by 2040. Also, the freight good transport should become better through shorter waiting times at rail border crossings, longer trains to shift more freight and the option for lorries to be transported by train.
At second, the European Commission want to increase long-distance and cross-border rail traffic. The plan is, to remove barriers to cross-border and long-distance travel by train to make it more attractive for passengers. For this, the prices for the tickets should be reduced. Also, the booking of a border crossed train travel should become more easier and platforms will be introduced to find the best prices.
The European Commission also want to support intelligent transport services for drivers. Therefore, the ITS Directive should become updated and new technological instruments should be considered in the legislative process. Moreover, road, travel and traffic data will made available in digital format to ensure that essential safety-related services can made available for drivers along the TEN-T network.
At least, the European Commission wants to develop a cleaner, greener, and easier urban mobility. The aim is to reduce the emission of urban traffic. This includes that in 2022, the Commission will propose a Recommendation to EU Member States for the development of national plans to assist cities in developing their mobility plans. Urban mobility must be embossed through public transport, walking, and cycling.
The proposals of the European Commission show, that greener mobility will play a major role in Europe wide travel. You can find the article of the European Commission at https://transport.ec.europa.eu/news/efficient-and-green-mobility-2021-12-14_en.