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 ...
Glossary of Terms
Participants in and visitors to any large technical and policy-influencing project will inevitably come across a certain amount of jargon. On this page we aim to describe and demystify some of those terms relating to Sintropher.
Tram-train: A light rail unit, resembling a tram and able to run not only on conventional tramways, but with adaptation on existing railways as well. Power is most frequently taken from overhead catenary (typically D.C. for tramways; A.C. for railways), but models also exist with onboard diesel engines.
The Department for Transport is the UK body responsible for transport matters including railway franchising and oversight of a range of executive agencies.
Network Rail has been the legally responsible owner and operator of Britain’s rail infrastructure since 2002.
Northern Rail was formed as a 50:50 joint venture between Serco Group plc and Abellio in order to operate train services in the north of England until September 2013.
South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) is responsible for the coordination of local and regional public transport services in South Yorkshire.
HTM Personenvervoer NV is responsible for the coordination of public transport in the Haaglanden region.
Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) ist the Dutch national railway operator.
ProRail is responsible for the railway system in the Netherlands (construction, maintenance, management and security).
Provincie Zuid-Holland is one of 12 Dutch provinces (provincial capital: The Hague; largest city: Rotterdam).
De Lijn is the Flemish regional transport operator, running bus and tram services.
SNCB/NMBS Holding has been the Belgian national railway company since 2005. It is divided between two sister companies, Infrabel, which is the infrastructure manager, and SNCB/NMBS, which is the network operator.