Road infrastructure is the backbone of the European economy and social equity, creating a source of unprecedented socio-economic wealth for Europe’s citizens.
According to European Road Transport Research Advisory Board, road transport related industries provide employment to more than 14 Million people in Europe and directly contribute by 11% to the European gross national product.
The extension and optimisation of the lifetime of roads is crucial to ensure the free movement of people and goods. However, providing a reliable performance of the network is becoming increasingly difficult. Maximizing investments will be needed in the future to cope with new challenges: ageing infrastructure, higher traffic demand, decarbonisation and inclusion of new technologies.
To ensure the continued mobility of people and transport of goods across Europe, it is essential to preserve and upgrade Europe’s road infrastructure developing new techniques and operation systems adapted to latest trends.
The ERF works to achieve this goal by, first, to raise the level of understanding of the fundamental role the road plays for the society as a whole and, second, to gather expertise and best practices from the sector providing an industry response to market needs in combination with institutional expectations.
The Road Infrastructure Financing Programme is supported by a dedicated Working Group identifying market gaps, developing industry solutions and creating cooperation links with other stakeholders.