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€1.9 billion to support key European transport projects
20 Oct 2016:

The European Commission launched the third round of calls for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for transport, making €1.9 billion available to finance key transport projects. €1.1 billion are earmarked for projects in Member States eligible for financing from the EU Cohesion Fund, in order to better integrate these countries into the internal market. Along with the Investment Plan presented by the Commission in November 2014 – and in particular the new European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) , the CEF aims at bridging the investment gap in Europe to boost growth and job creation, a priority of President Jean-Claude Juncker.

EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc remarked: "The EU supports over 460 projects across the territory of the Member States contributing to better mobility and connectivity for European citizens and businesses. With this new call, we are giving more focus to intelligent transport systems across Europe and to infrastructure development in the cohesion states. The Commission is committed to building the transport network of the future while providing to keep countries and regions united."

This year's calls continue to focus on innovative transport to improve safety and environmental performance, increase efficiency and build cross-border connections. For the first time, a specific priority (provided for with €110 million) addresses smaller cross-border projects, located on the comprehensive network, which shall help bringing regions closer together and enhancing their accessibility.

“Although we have been investing a lot in improving transport infrastructure, there is underinvestment in many smaller cross-border sections, and bottlenecks and missing links remain. I therefore welcome the new Commission initiative to scale up support for smaller cross-border projects and in particular railway connections, to help develop local and regional transport infrastructure stimulating development of border regions" said Michael Cramer, Chair of the Transport and Tourism Committee of the European Parliament.

"Funding small-scale cross-border infrastructure shows that Europe cares about the everyday life of hundreds of thousands of citizens and workers. It requires limited resources but can have a big impact on territorial cohesion and help our common market to work properly. This call is an encouraging step also with a view to the discussion on investment for missing links within the next EU budget", said Mr Raffaele Cattaneo, President of the Lombardia Region Council and chair of the Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy of the European Committee of the Regions.

Overall, the calls make €840 million available to all 28 Member States ('General envelope') for cross-border infrastructure projects and for projects covering innovation and new technologies and traffic management systems such as the European Railway Traffic Management System (ERTMS), Intelligent Transport Systems for roads (ITS) or the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research (SESAR) Programme. Of this amount, €40 million will be dedicated to infrastructure projects to connect with neighbouring countries.

The "cohesion" envelope (€1.1 billion, available to 15 Member States) will add key infrastructure projects on the TEN-T core network in sustainable transport modes such as rail and inland waterways to these priorities.

Support will be granted on a competitive basis in the form of EU co-financing, following a thorough evaluation and selection process. Applicants will have until 7 February 2017 to submit their proposals. The outcome of the calls will be published by summer 2017.

"European Day Without a Road Death": Success for road safety awareness across Europe
19 Oct 2016:

The first Project EDWARD (European Day Without A Road Death), which took place in 31 countries on Wednesday 21 September 2016 proved to be a successful awareness-raiser. More than 103,000 organisations and individuals signed a road safety pledge on the website of the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL) and more than 80 road safety actions were organised across Europe, including information and awareness-raising activities in schools and companies, workshops, conferences and competitions. In addition, the #ProjectEDWARD and #seatbeltselfie social media campaign reached more than 19 million people.

The campaign, launched by TISPOL, was widely supported by the European Commission as part of the European Mobility Week.

According to TISPOL's statistics, there were 43 road deaths across 31 countries on 21 September 2016. This compares with 70 fatalities on the same day in 2015. 19 countries recorded zero fatalities. Seven other countries recorded a reduction in fatalities, compared with the same day in 2015, and three countries recorded an increase in fatalities.

Project EDWARD supported the idea that road safety concerns all of us when, on average, 70 people die and a further 370 are seriously injured every day on Europe’s roads. It was an opportunity to encourage all road users to reduce risks and improve safety while they are driving, walking or cycling. Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc said: "Education and awareness make important contributions to road safety, and Project EDWARD sets an extremely ambitious target: to achieve a day without a single death on Europe’s roads. This year, we recorded a significant improvement compared to 2015, which shows that when all stakeholders come together we really make an impact and save lives. We are on the right path to make the aspirational goal of zero fatality a reality."

TISPOL President Paolo Cestra said: “When we launched Project EDWARD, we accepted that it would be incredibly difficult to achieve a day without road death across Europe. But we believe these results show that when everyone works together towards such a worthwhile goal, we can make a big difference. We thank everyone who signed the pledge, who shared our information messages and who made one or two small differences in the way they use the road. Any small individual action counts in helping to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on the roads of Europe."

As part of the campaign, private and public entities as well as the civil society across the EU were mobilised to contribute by sharing the message, by making a pledge on TISPOL's website and by organising road safety activities to be carried out on 21 September or during the European Mobility Week. The Road Safety Day interactive map hosted on the European Commission website gives visibility to these projects:

#ProjectEDWARD was a runaway success on social media: it was trending on Twitter in many countries and even made it into the top 50 trending topics globally. There were 7,923 Twitter posts, with a unique reach of more than 19 million It was so successful that it featured in Twitter's ‘Moments’ section, which presents the most important topics happening at a particular time.

Honda develops world’s first 3D-printed van
19 Oct 2016:

Japanese vehicle manufacturer Honda has created the world’s first 3D-printed delivery van in conjunction with technology company Kabuku.

The Honda Micro Commuter is built on a tubular chassis, with all the body panels 3D-printed by Kabuku. It is built on the platform of the 2013 Honda MC-Beta concept car, a Renault Twizy-style urban commuting vehicle powered by a 6kW electric motor. The concept features a tubular body frame developed by Honda’s motorcycle division, and seats two people in a tandem layout.

Thanks to the 3D printing technology, the design and manufacturing process took just two months from concept to completion, according to Honda.

The Micro Commuter is fully electric and has room for a driver, passenger and a number of small boxes, with the first example being used to deliver cookies around offices in Tokyo.

Despite its basic design, it has a full instrument cluster and a touch-screen infotainment system. It can be driven up to 80 kilometres (50 miles) on a single charge – enough to cover most urabn delivery routes.

The all-electric drivetrain was developed by Honda specifically for the vehicle, which is designed for operation in densely populated urban areas, and could point towards a future EV system from the Japanese company.

Honda said that the Micro Commuter was 3D-printed specifically for Toshiyama, a Japanese company that makes a wide array of food items, snacks and beverages.

Toshiyama will use the Micro Commuter to deliver a dove-shaped cookie named Hato sable and will be used on public roads. However, neither Honda nor Kabuku have committed to putting it into regular production.

Funding committed to low emission taxis and motorbikes, plus more chargepoints for workplaces and residential streets.
19 Oct 2016:

A major £35 million package to boost the uptake of ultra-low emission cars and scooters was unveiled by Transport Minister John Hayes today (13 October 2016).

The fresh funding commitment will see thousands more electric vehicle chargepoints installed on streets and at workplaces across the UK – after the number of new ultra low emission vehicles registered rose by 250% in just 2 years.

The government is also buying 2 brand new Nissan LEAF electric cars for the Government Car Service – on top of 4 that are already in use.

The vehicles are built at the Nissan motor manufacturing plant in Sunderland - a symbol of our world-leading automotive industry which the government is committed to supporting.

The announcement is part of the government’s plans to improve air quality, and it comes as Defra launch a new consultation on introducing clean air zones in Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Derby and Southampton by 2020- delivering on the government’s commitment to create cleaner air and reduce emissions.

Transport Minister John Hayes said:

No matter what mode of transport you need - a scooter to get to work, a car or a van to run your business - we are here to help you do it with zero emissions.

The number of ultra-low emission vehicles on our roads are at record levels and new registrations have risen by 250% in just over 2 years.

We are committing £35 million to help install new chargepoints and offer new grants as we aim for nearly all cars and vans on our roads to be zero emission by 2050.

The funding announced today includes:

  • next steps of a £20 million competition that will help councils roll out chargepoints for ultra-low emission taxis

  • up to £10 million funding for chargepoints outside workplaces and homes where there is no off-street parking

  • launch of an initial £3.75 million scheme to encourage uptake of zero emission motorcycles and scooters

  • £2 million awarded to public and private sector organisations to deploy hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

  • The funding is being delivered as part of the government’s commitment to invest £600 million in ultra-low emission vehicles by 2020.

    The pioneering £20 million pot to encourage the uptake of ultra-low emission taxis is the first of its kind, and will give councils the opportunity to apply for funds to install chargepoints to be used by local taxi fleets.

    A £7.5 million workplace charging scheme, due to be launched this autumn, will be open to eligible private and public sector workplaces in the UK to support the installation of charging infrastructure for their staff and fleet use.

    The vast majority of electric car owners charge their vehicles at home – which is not always practical for people without driveways. A further £2.5 million is being made available to councils who commit to installing chargepoints on streets near homes without private off-street parking.

    In addition, an initial £3.75 million is being made available for motorcycle and scooter riders who want to want to go green, providing them with up to 20% off the cost of an electric motorcycle or scooter. Buyers will be able to claim a maximum discount of £1,500.

  • We are also revealing the winners of our hydrogen fuel cell vehicles fleet competition.

    Fourteen public and private sector fleets from around the country – city councils, emergency authorities, car hire firms and the Science Museum amongst them - will receive a share of £2 million for a total of 50 hydrogen-fuelled cars and vans, more than doubling the number of these types of vehicles on UK’s roads.

    The government has already taken great strides in getting organisations around the UK to switch to zero emissions vehicles. Through the £5 millionGo Ultra Low public sector fleet scheme first launched in 2014, more than 280 electric cars are already being used by councils, hospitals and emergency services across England and Wales, as well as government departments.


The future of aviation security: apply for innovation funding
19 Oct 2016:

Innovative organisations can apply for a share of up to £1 million to develop new ways of improving aviation security screening.

The Department for Transport and the Home Office are to invest up to £2 million in improving aviation security screening.

As the aviation sector continues to grow, the threat to aviation security continues to evolve. The aim of this competition is to develop new technologies and approaches to enhance threat detection.

At the same time, they should reduce the inconvenience of undergoing screening and of carrying out that screening. There should be a positive impact on the customer and the operator. Solutions should be in line with the government’s aim of creating a safer, more secure and sustainable transport system.

This will help the government, the Civil Aviation Authority and the aviation industry continue to improve airport security processes. It will help them stay ahead of evolving threats and maintain a high level of confidence in threat detection.

This competition seeks proposals to the following 2 challenges:

  1. screening people and their hand luggage

  2. screening aviation cargo and hold luggage

This is a Small Busineses Research Initiative (SBRI) competition run in partnership with Innovate UK. The Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) is running this competition which is part of the £25.5 million Future Aviation Security Solutions (FASS) programme. By 2021, the FASS programme aims to have made significant improvements to existing aviation security capabilities. It will do this by developing and exploiting technology, capabilities and knowledge.

This competition is in 2 phases:

  • phase 1 – funding of between £40,000 and £80,000 per project with total funding of £1 million available. We expect projects to last up to 6 months and be complete by the end of October 2017

  • phase 2 – £1 million will be available. Only projects funded in phase 1 will be eligible to take part

Competition information

  • phase 1 of this competition opens on Thursday 20 October 2016

  • the application deadline is 5pm on Thursday 19 January 2017

  • there will be a briefing for potential applicants on Thursday 17 November 2016

October Newsletter
12 Oct 2016:

October's edition of the TRIP newsletter is now out and available here The edition includes a roundup of TRIP's infrastructure workshop in Brussels last month and the usual features - project updates, events, and transport research and innovation news. Don't forget to sign up for TRIP's next workshop on transport security in Brussels on 10 November.

Energy Union: European Commission invests in synergies between transport and energy infrastructure
10 Oct 2016:

The European Commission launched the first ever call for proposals under the EU funding programme for infrastructure called Connecting Europe Facility to support projects fostering synergies between transport and energy infrastructure.

The call makes €40 million available to studies supporting smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, in line with the Europe 2020 strategy, as well as enabling the EU to achieve its sustainable development targets through the creation of synergies between transport and energy.

Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc stated: "With this Connecting Europe Facility call, we aim to bridge the gap between transport and energy. Transport in the EU depends on oil for about 94% of its energy needs. Supporting the transition to low-emission alternative energy is therefore imperative to reach the EU's decarbonisation objectives and to create a resilient energy union."

Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete said: "It is vital to develop synergies between energy and transport infrastructure to deliver more with greater efficiency. With this very first common call for proposals we will ensure smart use of EU funds when striving to meet our long-term decarbonisation objectives."

Support will be granted to study projects with or without pilot deployment on a competitive basis in the form of EU co-financing of up to 60% of eligible costs, following a thorough evaluation and selection process.

Applicants have until 13 December 2016 to submit their proposals. The outcome of the call will be published by April 2017. More information on the website of INEA , the executive agency for innovation and networks.