Sintropher’s reference database on financing transport infrastructure Sintropher has also developed a European reference database on innovative approaches to financing transport infrastructure schemes. Results from the 7 demonstration regions, plus discussion at Sintropher’s transnational conferences and workshops, indicate that new tram-based/tram-train proposals are usually technically feasible and can offer a reasonable cost-benefit assessment, but implementation is often impeded by lack of funding in the current climate of constrained public expenditure in European countries. So innovative forms of financing are increasingly important - and much can be learned from approaches in different European countries. The database consists of an overall typology and 10 briefing papers on financing approaches such as various forms of local or regional taxation, local or regional user-charging, and partnership financing between public and private sectors These summarise the characteristics of each financing approach, advantages, disadvantages, city case study, assessment, future prospects, and transnational relevance. For wider dissemination, we have arranged with the major European transport network POLIS to also host the database: http://www.polisnetwork.eu/eu-projects/sintropher Read ...
Aims and Objectives
All our work is motivated by one overarching aim:
To develop sustainable, cost-effective solutions to improve accessibility to, from and within peripheral regions in North-West Europe.
As part of this, we have four specific objectives:
- Promote best possible cost-effective technological solutions in regions based on successful experience
- Overcome economic obstacles, develop business cases and improve the appraisal of regional tram systems
- Achieve high-quality, seamless intermodal transfer between regional tram systems and major regional rail and air hubs
- Promote and market the shift to regional tram systems to various users to make these systems a sustainable success.