Entries by Ian Skinner

IMPROVING THE COMPETITIVENESS OF RAIL FREIGHT IN THE EU

EVALUATING THE RAIL FREIGHT CORRIDORS REGULATION  Railways have the potential to play an important role in an integrated, multi-modal, sustainable transport system. To do so, they must be able to compete with other modes and rail travel across the borders between EU Member States must be as easy as it is for other modes. However, […]

IMPROVING TRANSPORT IN LOW DENSITY AND DEPOPULATING AREAS

ENSURING THAT THE EU POLICY FRAMEWORK SUPPORTS TRANSPORT IN LOW DENISTY AND DEPOPULATING AREAS   From an economic perspective, it is easier to justify the development of transport infrastructure and services in heavily populated areas, than it is in low density and depopulating areas. The latter also tend to be more remote from the major centres […]

FINANCING THE ZERO CARBON TRANSITION

ESTIMATING THE LEVEL OF CITIES’ FINANCE FOR CLIMATE ACTIONS IN TRANSPORT   The transition to a net zero carbon economy will bring multiple benefits, not least in relation to minimising the impacts of climate change, although a substantial amount of investment is needed. Currently, there is still a lot of investment in activities that damage the environment, […]

A SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT STRATEGY FOR EUROPE?

EVALUATING THE EU’s TRANSPORT WHITE PAPER There are many challenges to developing a coherent set of transport policies. We all need transport on a daily basis, as does business for moving around the goods that we all eventually consume. At the same time, there are physical and environmental trade-offs to be made when facilitating travel, […]

SUPPORTING INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION ON GREENING TRANSPORT

INTEGRATING THE ENVIRONMENT INTO TRANSPORT POLICY The integration of environmental considerations into all areas of policy is important to protect the environment. Environmental problems are increasingly global, with climate change and air pollution caused by similar activities around the world. Hence, there are – at least to some extent – common solutions. In 2019, the […]

INTEGRATING THE ENVIRONMENT INTO EU TRANSPORT FUNDING

ENSURING THAT EU INVESTMENT IN TRANSPORT IS CONSISTENT WITH ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION The provision, development and maintenance of transport infrastructure – such as roads, railways, ports and airports – is important for society and the economy. However, using land for transport infrastructure inevitably means that it cannot be used for other purposes, including for nature and […]

INTELLIGENT TRANSPORT SYSTEMS FOR SELF-DRIVE CARS

INTELLIGENT TRANSPORT SYSTEMS – DEVELOPING THE RIGHT POLICY FRAMEWORK There has been much discussion in the last couple of years about the potential for self-drive or autonomous vehicles, which can navigate without the need for a driver. While the widespread use of such vehicles is still a long way off, vehicles are increasingly becoming more […]