Land transport agreement and border regions

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Land transport agreement and border regions
Original Language Title: 
Landverkehrsabkommen und Grenzregionen
International cooperation & EU Neighbourhood Policy
Funding: National (Switzerland)
Duration: 06/02 - 11/02
Transport Themes: International cooperation & EU Neighbourhood Policy (key theme).
Rail transport, Road transport, Land-use and transport planning, Long-term perspectives
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Background & policy context: 

The present study analyses the spatial consequences of the bi-lateral agreement CH - EU about land transports in the most important border areas viewed from the point of goods transport. The most important new conditions include a gradual increase of the maximum laden weight for road transport from 28 to 40t and the introduction and gradual increase of a distance related heavy vehicle fee. The analysis of the areal consequences is based on an enquiry of affected sectors (logistics, road transport, shipping companies, customs and local authorities). From their point of view, no significant changes have been observed or will be expected, which could be traced back to the agreement. Spatial changes caused by traffic are rather due to the general economical traffic increase.

Objectives: 

Assessment of regional planning policy implications of the bilateral land transport agreement with the EU on selected border regions of Switzerland, as a basis for the report of the Federal Council to fulfil the postulates Ratti and Hofmann.

Methodology: 

The expert report will be delivered to determine the effects of the Land Transport Agreement on selected border regions with a pragmatic, not scientific meticulous approach. It will provide regional planning policy action fields and identify problems which refer to the relevant primary effects. The study will focus on the border regions (in the foreground are the rooms Northwestern Switzerland, Geneva, Ticino, St. Gallen Rhine Valley and Schaffhausen / Bodensee). Next, it must conduct a qualitative impact assessment; to be made with relevant stakeholders per region 3-4 interviews. Finally, should a synthesis be formed, conclusions and recommendations will be made. A small separate investigation concerns the special problem gravel transports Rafzerfeld.

Institution Type: 
Institution Name: 
Swiss Government: State Secretariat for Education and Research
Key Results: 

The analysis of the areal concequences is based on an enquiry of affected sectors (logistics, road transport, shipping companies, customs and local authorities). From their point of view, no significant changes have been observed or will be expected, which could be traced back to the agreement. Spatial changes caused by traffic are rather due to the general economical traffic increase.

Policy implications: 

The spatial concequences of the bi-lateral agreement CH - EU about land transports (Land Transport Agreement) in the most important border areas viewed from the point of goods transport.

Contact Name: 
Brauchle Toni
Organisation: 
Federal Office of Spatial Development
Address: 
Worblentalstrasse 66, Ittigen
Zipcode: 
3003
City: 
Bern
Contact country: 
Switzerland