Transport modelling is used to make informed decisions on major infrastructure projects. New Member States have a vested interest in developing transport models at the national and regional level, which can be used as a basis for investing in major infrastructure projects. The MOTOS consortium identified the user needs of the most recent Member States with regard to the current situation within the transport modelling field through a series of workshops. A handbook was created both in hardback and on the internet that defined best practice principles for the most important practices identified through the user needs analysis. The manual was divided into three parts; the first gave a general description of the modelling process, while the next addressed modelling issues from the viewpoint of the policy maker. The final segment covered state-of-the-art transport modelling and included a number of examples of best practice. Best practice included examples of linking models. Regional data supplies national models which in turn supply European models with information. Use of the manual can result in greater efficiency and effectiveness by applying proven methodologies for design, development, data use, practical use and maintenance of the models. The MOTOS handbook can help new Member States to target their resources more successfully. Therefore, they will be better able to improve or adapt their transport infrastructure.
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