ERF holds a successful Political Debate about Road Safety and Road Infrastructure at the European Parliament

 

The European Road Federation and MEP Mr Michel Dantin organised a Panel Discussion at the European Parliament on Wednesday 23 November, stressing the importance of road infrastructure to improve road safety in the EU.

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During the debate, moderated by the Director General of the ERF, Christophe Nicodème,    panellists agreed on the key role of roads connecting other modes of transport.

The event was the first occasion to explain to stakeholders the new policy orientations of the TEN-T  recently released by the European Commission. Mr Jean Eric Paquet, Director of the European  Mobility Network (DG MOVE) explained the rationale behind the future orientations considering  them as a tool to create the future European policy of transport infrastructure. The role of the roads  will be fundamental for establishing the necessary backbone to interconnect with the other transport  modes in the core network. The objective is to reach a fully functional transport system in Europe by  2030. The EC priority issues are: traffic congestion, safety, deployment of ITS and intermodal  connection.

 

The new TEN-T is designed to pave the way for improving the internal market and to ensure interoperability between all modes of transport in order to support economic growth and help creating jobs. Mr Paquet insisted on the key role of private stakeholders and industry as the major actors, together with public institutions, in order to provide the required road network in Europe.

Mr Rik Nuyttens, Vice-President of the ERF and Regulatory Affairs Manager in 3M Europe gave an overview of the challenges facing the road infrastructure industry in Europe, where issues like ageing population and increased demand for mobility require better performance from the road safety systems (signs, road markings…), beyond the single existence of common European standards. This is particularly the case on the secondary road network and in cities, where most of the accidents happen, involving in particular vulnerable road users (pedestrians, motorcyclists, cyclists…). He also highlighted the requirement for suitable financing tools in order to maintain the road infrastructure as a real asset.

For providing a safe and sound road infrastructures, road works are necessary, be it for maintenance or for construction. Mr Luca Felappi, Project Leader in Arcelor Mittal, ins

isted on the current lack of harmonisation and common standards in Europe in the existing regulations for safety in the work zones. The fact that in similar circumstances, road users and operatives are exposed to different situations, with different levels of protection and unfamiliar environments creates the need to harmonise the current rules for the benefit of the European citizens.

In his conclusions, Mr Dantin reiterated the importance of the road transport as the key element of the global mobility chain and the necessity to find the adequate forms for financing it, providing to the road users the expected service in terms of density, quality, capacity and safety.

 

 

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