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 ...
What are we about?
Sintropher* is all about connecting better core areas with their more peripheral outlying regions.
Our main aim is to assess and promote development of new or improved tram services, linked to national rail systems (and, where relevant, regional airports) as one way to improve access into and out of EU regions which are disadvantaged by reason of being geographically peripheral within the context of North West Europe. The emphasis is on sustainable, cost-effective solutions which make best use of existing transport infrastructure by applying innovative technologies - an important consideration in regions where the cost of major new transport infrastructure may be a barrier.
We have a particular focus on tram-train systems which allow local trams to run on to national rail networks, as well as high-quality interchanges at key rail or air hubs.
This will all be tested across five demonstration regions in five EU Member States: Valenciennes (France), the Fylde Coast (UK), West Flanders (Belgium), North Hesse (Germany) and Nijmegen-Kleve (The Netherlands).
A key feature of the project is transnational cooperation. By working together, each region has the opportunity to benefit from knowledge transfer, joint problem-solving on economic and technological issues, exchange of experience, pilot projects and demonstration projects, and capitalising on best practice across the EU. There are fourteen project partners representing key agencies in the five demonstration regions, on a cross-sectoral basis including transport operators, local authorities and academic research expertise from across North-West Europe. The project is led by University College London (UCL) and ReBlackpool, and coordinated by Prof. Sir Peter Hall.
Sintropher has a budget of €23m, of which €7m is ERDF. As part of the European Union's regional policy, it is co-funded through INTERREG IVB.
Further details about the INTERREG IVB programme for North-West Europe can be found at www.nweurope.eu.
"Sustainable Transport for North-West Europe's Periphery"
*Sustainable Integrated Tram-Based Transport Options for Peripheral European Regions