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The process of developing policy generally involves research, analysis, consultation and synthesis of information to produce recommendations. Guidelines can help cities develop and assess their transport policies to address existing and new policy objectives. Research organisations and institutions provide valuable data and analysis to underpin policy recommendations and decisions.


By Fiona Twisse / Updated: 17 Feb 2020
By cnebusi / Updated: 18 Feb 2020
By Patrick Troy / Updated: 12 Feb 2020

Vital Nodes: How to integrate urban nodes in the TEN-T corridors?

The EU research programme Horizon 2020 has created Vital Nodes which is a project that aims to improve the interconnection around Europe whilst developing sustainable mobility in the urban areas of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T).  Vital Nodes concentrated on the multi and inter-modal connections between long-distance and last-mile freight logistics.

By Benjamin Baxter / Updated: 06 Feb 2020

CoEXist Final Conference

CoEXist is a European project (May 2017 – April 2020) which aims at preparing the transition phase during which automated and conventional vehicles will co-exist on cities’ roads. The mission of CoEXist is to systematically increase the capacity of road authorities and other urban mobility stakeholders to get ready for the transition towards a shared road network with an increasing number of automated vehicles, using the same road network as conventional vehicles.

By Benjamin Baxter / Updated: 06 Feb 2020

Urban Transitions 2020

The majority of people live in cities and urbanisation is continuing worldwide. Cities have long been known to be society’s predominant engine of innovation and wealth creation, yet they are also the main source of pollution and disease.

Emerging evidence suggests that (poor) urban and transport planning may be to a large extent responsible for this and may have a large impact on mortality and morbidity in cities.

By Patrick Troy / Updated: 04 Feb 2020

Brake dust may be as harmful to the immune system as diesel exhaust

A recent study funded by the UK's Medical Research Council (MRC) found that particulate pollution from brake wear could have negative effects on respiratory health, such as increased susceptibility to airway infections, inflammation and a reduced ability of immune cells to kill bacteria.

By Benjamin Baxter / Updated: 29 Jan 2020

European Road Safety Summer School 2020

Mobility experts will gather this summer in Mechelen, Belgium for the European Road Safety Summer School. This is an opportunity to learn about an integrated approach to road safety, based on good examples from European countries. The week will feature group discussions, networking and various knowledge exchange sessions.  

There are five thematic areas, with one topic central to each day’s discussions. They are:

By Claus Köllinger / Updated: 20 Jan 2020
By Claus Köllinger / Updated: 21 Jan 2020

Eurostat data on transport costs per household of EU member states 2018

EUROSTAT has published the latest statistics on household costs in the EU member states. Expenditure on transport took second place out of all household costs with on average 13.2% of all household costs. It is surpassed only by housing costs (24%) and ranks even before average spending for food and non-alcoholic beverages.

By Benjamin Baxter / Updated: 21 Jan 2020

TEN-T Days 2020

The European Commission, together with the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the EU and Ministry of Transport of Croatia, is hosting the TEN-T Days 2020 conference on 13-15 May 2020, in Šibenik, Croatia.