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 ...
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Sintropher’s reference database on innovative tram technologies As part of its work, Sintropher has developed a European reference database on innovative technologies for light rail and tram systems, as a resource for transport practitioners and government agencies. It consists of an overall typology and 9 briefing papers. These summarise the characteristics of each system, advantages, disadvantages, city case study, assessment, future prospects, and transnational relevance. The overall typology covers ground level power systems, on-board electric power systems, on-board fuel systems, kinetic power systems, and other innovations such as tram tyre systems. 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 ...
The results and recommendations of Sintropher were presented and discussed at a high-level Seminar in Brussels on September, themed on “Connecting European regions using innovative transport: investing in tram- and rail-based systems” organised by Lead Partner University College London with the help of project partners, in association with the POLIS European network of cities and regions for innovative transport initiatives. Thirty delegates from invited European transport organisations and networks attended, together with project partners. The project was delighted to welcome keynote speaker Michael Cramer MEP Chair of the European Parliament Transport and Tourism Committee, who presented the context of EU transport policy and current review of the EU Transport White Paper. Professor Helmut Holzapfel of the University of Kassel (a project partner) spoke of how the RegioTram tram-train system had helped Kassel become recently the most dynamic city in Germany, and Jerome Pourbaix of UITP spoke of the wider economic benefits of new transport schemes and how to use this to help find finance the capital costs. The Seminar discussed Sinropher’s results and recommendations, especially 10 success factors for making innovative tram-based schemes a reality, and how to implement recommendations at the relevant level - city/regional, national, EU. See the Seminar Report here. Read ...
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