This book is directed at a wide range of readers interested in transport and/or European policies. It gives an overview of the current problems and challenges facing the European transport system and explains how a new European policy on transport infrastructure is emerging. The author argues that strong action at the EU level is needed to prevent the collapse of long distance transport. Without adequate measures in the transport sector to cope with the increase of trade and mobility associated with the development of the Single Market, European integration will stagnate.The book includes an overview of the actions undertaken in the past and the first comprehensive critical analysis of the Guidelines on trans-European transport networks (TEN's) decided by the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament in July 1996. From this, the author proposes a framework, based on efficiency, sustainability and cohesion objectives, for the establishment of a new multimodal TEN that would supersede the current TENs design.He pays particular attention to the transport implications of both the accession to the EU of Central and Eastern European countries and of the strengthening of the links with the Mediterranean neighbours.After a discussion of the political and financial difficulties of implementing TENs, he makes some practical proposals regarding the interaction between European institutions and the Member States vis-a-vis the new transport infrastructure policy. Finally, the critical questions of decision making and financing of major transport infrastructure projects are analysed to ascertain the many transformations required to introduce market rules in the sector, in particular those needed to attract private financing, and he concludes with some proposals for major changes in the role of EU institutions.
Neil Kinnock, European Commissioner for Transport Mr Turro's book is timely, welcome and - because he has been involved in the appraisal of most of the major transport infrastructure projects carried out in Europe in the last decade - authoritative. Mr Turro provides an important contribution to the debate on the future of the TEN-T, particularly in the emphasis he gives to integration...A Single Market and integrating Community ugently needs the benefit of efficient physical and technical Transport Networks. Mr Turro's thoroughness and clarity will help us in the efforts to gain that advance. Roger Vickerman There can be few, if any, better qualified to provide this account ... It is clearly an influential and authoritative account and a contribution to the ongoing (and overdue) revision of the TEN guidelines. ... there is a lot that is thought provoking in the book, a lot that this reviewer found to agree with, a lot to question, and rather a lot left in the air. As a history it is valuable, as a polemic it is provocative in places ... for the surfer an added bonus; the maps (in colour) and tables are available on a dedicated web site. Journal of Transport Geography In this remarkable publication Mateu Turro takes you on an impressive trip through the past, present and future issues of transport policy on a European scale. The scientific rigour of his methodology is obvious... In eight, very dense but accessible, chapters, Mateu Turro explores these issues from all angles and clears the way for future progress. Essential reading for all those who are interested in European transport. Bibliotheque europeene: No 450 Mazhar Ali Awan ...an excellent background and analysis of the hurdles facing policy initiatives to anyone unfamiliar with the political environment of the European community...a must read for all thos responsible for the implementation of TENs policy. Turro has spent considerable time thinking about the various issues facing European integration and their possible solutions, and this is conveyed in his book. Journal of the Transportation Research Forum
Chapter headings: Transport Infrastructure in Europe. Facing Present and Future Challenges. The Long March Toward Trans-European Networks. The TENs Guidelines. A Half-Missed Opportunity. Rethinking TENs: Towards an Integrated Planning Framework. Realising the Multimodal TEN. The Financing of Trans-European Transport Projects. Going Trans-European.