Infrastructure and its use
Transport infrastructure has the potential to impact on the environment in different ways. Its location and the way in which it is constructed have the potential to impact on the environment, particularly on habitats and biodiversity. The way in which infrastructure is used can be influenced by the way its use is charged, which can in turn reduce the associated environmental impacts.
As a result of the pan-European nature of long-distance transport, the so-called ‘Eurovignette’ Directive sets the framework for the charging of the use of major roads in the EU. Additionally, as EU funds, particularly the Connecting Europe Facility, support the construction of infrastructure between EU countries, a framework has been put in place that sets out conditions that such infrastructure must fulfil.
TEPR has been involved in a number of relevant projects for the European Commission including:
Previously, Ian Skinner of TEPR has also worked on an impact assessment of potential changes to the London Congestion Charge for Transport for London.