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 ...
Technology & Innovation
A key feature of Sintropher is the focus on development of cost-effective, user-friendly technologies. These include tram-trains and alternative fixed-route transport technologies, suitable for use in semi-rural peripheral regions.
Tram-trains are operational in North Hesse and will be researched for the Fylde Coast and Nijmegen-Kleve. In West Flanders and Valenciennes we will investigate low-cost variants on conventional tram systems. The advantages are a superior service quality over conventional rail, coupled with the flexibility, service penetration and cost-effectiveness of bus-based systems. But their adoption has been restricted to date, and better knowledge transfer is needed to increase their uptake.The ability to change easily from one mode of transport to another is critical in raising the attractiveness of public transport. Interchanges and transport hubs therefore play a key role at all levels: local to regional as well as national to international. By way of three demonstration projects in West Flanders we will focus on state-of-the-art ICT systems and good physical design solutions to knit interchanges closely within the urban fabric.