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Transport Research Innovation Portal publishes insight to enhance EU transport infrastructure


A new report from the European Commission funded Transport Research Innovation Portal (TRIP) provides unique insight into transport infrastructure research in Europe - identifying areas where further innovation, research and funding could improve economic and social cohesion

Robust and efficient transport infrastructure is essential to the economic development and prosperity of Europe and its citizens. However, transport infrastructure research and development has traditionally been a national pursuit, with limited impact on development at a European level.

The new Research Theme Analysis Report from TRIP provides a comprehensive review of multimodal transport infrastructure research performed by European businesses, public organisations and academic institutions. It offers a rare snapshot of the current infrastructure research and innovation landscape to help focus policy makers, stakeholders and researchers on areas to improve the accessibility and performance of transport systems across Europe.

The report covers six interlinked sub themes of transport infrastructure development: planning; assessment; pricing, funding and financing; construction; management and governance; and monitoring and maintenance. It highlights key areas of success, including the effectiveness of policy frameworks in supporting intelligent transport systems and the ambitious Trans-European Networks -Transport (TEN-T) project - which aims to connect Europe from East to West and North to South. The report also identifies areas where further research is required, such as in developing policy that delivers fair, efficient and productive pricing for users.

Gareth Horton, TRIP lead analyst said: “The report provides a truly unique reference tool for transport infrastructure stakeholders in Europe. By sharing research on success in technology and policy development and highlighting areas where research gaps exist, we can help to break down barriers between transport stakeholders and foster greater collaboration across Europe.”

Research projects included in the report are drawn from the online Transport Research Innovation Portal (TRIP) - a free to access, European Commission funded portal for EU professionals to share and discuss innovations in transport mobility. Previous outcomes of TRIP’s research include comprehensive reports on Urban Mobility and on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) research. Both can be downloaded for free at

Reach academics, local authority transport departments, central transport policy makers and businesses throughout the transport sector across Europe by submitting your transport project at