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Study on Trans-European Networks

The Commission of the European Communities invites tenders for a study in the field of Trans-European Networks. The study is to focus on the following aspects of the Community's territorial strategies linked to the Trans-European Transport Networks: - All types of transport i...

The Commission of the European Communities invites tenders for a study in the field of Trans-European Networks. The study is to focus on the following aspects of the Community's territorial strategies linked to the Trans-European Transport Networks: - All types of transport infrastructure (the Trans-European multimodal Networks and the direct connections with them); - The urban centres will be considered on the level of NUTS III. Model calculations will be on the level of connections from each urban centre to the Trans-European Transport Networks; - Nodes from which the model would be computed would correspond to the NUTS III level, i.e. some 350 to 400 centroids for the whole EEC; - Networks corresponding to the "present situation" (including basic roads, motorways, basic railways, airports and ports) will be defined by DG VII; - Access times and level of services indicators for all centroids will be estimated on the basis of available information. A homogenous treatment based on simple criteria seems appropriate for the present exercise. The model calculations will be carried out and mapped for the present situation (1993-1995) and for the envisaged situation "all Trans-European Networks completed" (2010-2020). Comparative scenarios will also be provided for the "high speed rail only" and for the "motorway only" network situations. The study model should focus on the location of nodes, where connections between the regions and the various transport networks are established, and should indicate the time required to arrive at those nodes from any part of a region, and the facilities these connections offer to everyone. The analysis of the connections to the network should make it possible to visualize the relationship between the "central place" in the network (the most useful nodes in the network). The study should provide initial answers to the questions: What kind of spatial transformation could be produced on the urban and regional structure due to the "new Trans-European axes"? What changes could occur to the urban hierarchies due to the influences of the changes on their connection level to the Trans-European Networks? What kind of capillarities exist within the regional transport networks to diffuse the centrality of their urban centres? Are polarization risks concerning the levels of development going to increase within the Community or decrease as a result of the Trans-European Networks? What changes could be produced within the Community due to the influence of congestion on spatial occupation? Results of the study, described in greater detail in the call for tenders, shall consist of an interactive database (PC) with all cartographic and data information used in the research plus a descriptive cartography of the Trans-European Networks. It will provide a cartographic representation of Europe including non-EEC countries showing State and regional divisions, names of the urban centres considered, Trans-European Networks. Results must also include a "symbolic" cartography representing the spatial connections to the networks. The study is to be completed within ten months of signature of the contract Tenders, in the format described in the call, must be submitted to: Commission of the European Communities Directorate-General for Transport, DG VII Attn. Mr. Vinois 33 avenue de Beaulieu B-1160 Brussels Further information on the technical aspects of the present study may be obtained from: Commission of the European Communities Directorate-General for Transport, DG VII Attn. Mr. A. Gonzalez-Finat 33 avenue de Beaulieu B-1160 Brussels Fax +32-2-2956504