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 ...
Our approach is to focus on five in-depth regional demonstration projects involving 27 actions and 9 investments - economic and technical feasibility studies, pilot projects, demonstration projects, marketing trials, and comparative analysis of EU best practice. These are also configured into four cross-cutting work areas (or 'Work Packages') in order to promote knowledge transfer, joint working across the regions, exchange of experience and best practice:
- Technical and legal challenges in the application of new local transport systems
- Appraisal of economic feasibility and territorial impacts
- Knowledge transfer in improving the interoperability and accessibility of transport hubs
- Marketing strategies
This allows us to develop active knowledge transfer and practical joint working across the five regions, exchange experience, and jointly commission and benefit from best practice in other European cities and their regions.
Reporting will take the form of write-ups of our findings and policy briefings which will contain key recommendations for policy-makers and decision-makers at Community, national, regional and local levels of governance.
Mid-tem and final conferences will allow wider discussion of and participation in the issues and findings of the project, details of which will be posted on the website here.