GP: Efficient Integration of Cargo Transport Modes & Nodes in CADSES area - Regional PDF Print E-mail

PRIORITY
Priority 2: Efficient and sustainable transport systems and access to the information society

MEASURE
Measure 2.1: Developing efficient transport systems with regard to sustainable developments

OBJECTIVES
The principal project objectives concern the sustainable transnational concepts to:
· integrate goods transport modes and nodes between the Adriatic Sea (Italy) and Central Europe (Intersection Corridor V+X)
· integrate goods transport modes and nodes in South-Eastern Europe between Greece and Austria (Corridor X)The IMONODE specific project objectives may be summarized as following:
· Promote the reorientation of Central European transport flows from North Sea ports to North Adriatic ports to take advantage of EU enlargement opportunities for regional development and sustainable transport (shortest routes, environmentally friendly modes of transport)
· Promote the integration of Adriatic ports with their Central European hinterland though transnational goods transport bundling and redistribution concepts & development of adequate infrastructure & services, hence leading to a win-win-situation for both partners: a wider catchment area for the Adriatic ports, a better access to oversee markets for Central Europe and an economic benefit for both
· Promote the enhancement of co-operation between railways and freight terminals (especially ports) of EU member countries and accession countries.
· Promoting the integration of Stability Pact Countries by targeted investments in the rehabilitation of the European transport infrastructure between Austria and Greece (Pan-European Corridor X and V)
· Develop a co-operation network and clear division of tasks between the transport nodes to be able to offer competitive transport services
· Develop location strategies of terminals on the basis of transnational transport concepts and results of the cross-border regional logistic project “Iregion-Network”

PROJECT DURATION
Date of project start 12 / 2002
Date of project finalisation 06 / 2005
Months 30
Project cost (in euro)
ERDF funding 2.517.500
National co-financing (EU) 1.577.500
Other EU funding (PHARE, CARDS, etc) -
National co-financing (Non EU) 481.500
Private funding 315.000
TOTAL 4.891.500

SUMMARISED DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT
The IMONODE project aims at studying the options and suggesting solutions and solid actions that will enhance the greater use of, and the accessibility to the transportation axes no V and X for freight transport with priority on rail. The emphasis is on rail because if no specific actions are taken it will continue to loose ground against road transport and this is contrary to the declared Transport policy of the EU. For the areas of CADSES countries that had a long tradition of rail supremacy over road, this is a crucial issue and a very urgent objective to pursue. The project’s primary objectives are:
· Introduction of novel regional logistics concepts to maximise the intermodality potential (from road to rail) of the two axes.
· Promotion of infrastructure and operational improvements along axes X and V, in order to harmonise the infrastructure quality as well as the different operational priorities along these axes with a truly transnational perspective.
· Promotion of interoperability especially within the EU Directive 2001/16
· Investigation of dissemination of “best practice” examples as regards the Organisation and Management of Intermodal Transport Terminals and chains with special emphasis on the private-public cooperation to exploit the development of efficient transport nodes.
· Demonstration and promotion of new technology and logistics management techniques that specifically aim at promoting rail substitution over road.
· Elaboration on the interaction between transport infrastructure development and spatial planning. The project methodology aims at covering this interaction in a very broad sense covering wide areas such as economic development, social integration, employment creation, etc. along the studied corridors.The IMONODE project builds upon the experience and expertise gained from previous INTERREG and other EU financed projects and especially projects IMONET, INTERMODA, GILDA, TRANSLOGNET, and SUSTRAIN. Secondary aims concern the optimising and rationalising of the transport and handling systems for freight transport, reducing environmental impacts of road traffic, increasing the quality of cargo logistics services, reducing pollution, and saving energy along the two axes no V and X. The project proposals will be fully compatible with all relevant national and EU policies regarding structural funds policies, environment legislation, etc. The work will produce fully quantified outputs that will allow appraisal and ex-post evaluation. The core areas of work are the following:
· Functional and operational requirements for Freight axis no X, and its related branches on axis no V (by means of interviews with authorities, shippers, operators) for increasing accessibility of global markets from Central Europe and “integrating” catchment areas of North Adriatic Ports into the intermodal transport system of the CADSES area. Special emphasis will be given to private-public cooperation initiatives to exploit the development of efficient transport nodes
· Logistics infrastructure development priorities along axis X for securing improved accessibility of Central European markets from Greece and South Eastern Europe.
· Exploitation of the wider development possibilities (especially within the provisions and priorities of new EU white paper on Transport policy) of EU enlargement for the region between the Danube and the Adriatic Sea.
· Organization of efficient connections and feeder services to the primary links of these axes via:
- Trade offs between national infrastructure priorities and sustainable Trans/Pan-European networks
- Demand oriented development of terminal/cargo centre infrastructures- Cargo bundling in low demand regions (communication, organization)
- Intermodal forwarding and transhipment.· Transnational perspectives for transport terminals development
· Harmonisation of national infrastructure investment priorities at transnational level.
The highlights of the IMONODE project are:
1. An evaluation of the function – functionality, and specific characteristics for the major nodes and Terminals along the Corridors X, and V, in the CADSES area, as well as their competing Adriatic-Ionian Sea Area.
2. A series of feasibility studies (based on solid demand forecasts) for the re-organisation of the logistics and organisational structures that can be made available for main categories of freight transport with reference to:
· the physical cargo transport and distribution system (structures, infrastructures and logistics networks) along logistic routes in the CADSES area countries;
· the use of the different modes of transport, with a special focus on intermodality;
· the formulation of concrete proposals for transport nodes infrastructure development, and
· the increase of the capacity of the transport system in coherence with the economic development in cargo volumes increase.
3. Start up and implementation of a number of 4 major pilot projects with demonstrators, involving different territorial corridor/areas in order to detect and demonstrate under working conditions solutions, monitoring the activities, and actions for a better coordination of the logistics and other accessibility provision actions along the two axes. The execution of the project is carried out by a consortium of public and private Organisations, and associated entities, that is truly transnational, and contains the most appropriate organisations to ensure support during execution but also implementation of the project findings after the project ends. We mention specifically the participation of the following organisations:
· The Greek National Institute of Transport as project leader
· The Greek, Austrian, and Slovenian Ministries of Transport (or similar)
· The Greek, Austrian, Yugoslav, and FYROM, Railways organisations
· The Region of Carinthia (Austria)
· Private operators, consultants, and other entities covering relevant countries.

3.5 TERRITORY CONCERNED: LOCATION OF PROJECT ACTIVITIES
The countries interested in the project implementation are: Greece, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia, F.R. of Yugoslavia and FYROM. IMONODE project will focus on the influence area of Corridors V and X and especially the area of Intersection of the two Pan-European corridors with main objectives to develop, test and demonstrate sustainable transnational concepts for integrating goods transport modes and nodes in the area encompassed between the Adriatic Sea and Central Europe (Corridor V) and in South-Eastern Europe between Greece and Austria (Corridor X).

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