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Chapter 4 Green Corridors and Network Design

George Panagakos

Abstract The purpose of this chapter is to investigate the relation between the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) and the green corridor concept. First, the need is established for a corridor governance structure that enables the close cooperation among the numerous stakeholders from both the public and private sectors engaged in all corridor related issues ranging from network design to the provision of integrated logistical solutions. The governance scheme of the recently introduced TEN-T core network corridors seems to fulfil this requirement.

Following a brief history of TEN-T development, the 2013 major overhaul of the EU transportation infrastructure policy is outlined and the basic differences with the past are pinpointed. The provisions of the new TEN-T Guidelines are scrutinized so as to check whether the TEN-T core network corridors exhibit the characteristics of a green corridor, as they have been identified in the previous chapter. Based on the results of this analysis, it is concluded that the TEN-T core network is, as far as its freight dimension is concerned, a network of green corridors.

Abbreviations

ATM Air Traffic Management

BGLC Bothnian Green Logistics Corridor CEF Connecting Europe Facility

CMS Corridor Management System

EC European Commission

EDI Electronic Data Interchange

EEIG European Economic Interest Group EFTA European Free Trade Association EIB European Investment Bank

EP&C European Parliament & Council

ERDF European Regional Development Fund ERTMS European Rail Traffic Management System

ETCS European Train Control System

EU European Union

EWTC East-West Transport Corridor

ICT Information and Communication Technology INEA Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

IQ-C International Group for Improving the Quality of Rail Transport in the North-South-Corridor (Rotterdam-Genoa)

ITS Intelligent Transport Systems

MoS Motorways of the Sea

MoU Memorandum of Understanding

RDS-TMC Radio Data System—Traffic Message Channel RIS River Information Services

RNE RailNetEurope

SCANDRIA Scandinavian-Adriatic corridor for innovation and growth SESAR Single European Sky ATM Research

SoNorA South-North-Axis corridor in central Europe TEN Trans-European Network

TEN-T Trans-European Transport Network

TEN-T EA Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency UNECE United Nations Economic Commission for Europe VTMIS Vessel Traffic Monitoring and Information System

 
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