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Security of Road Transport Networks

Objective

The European road network, particularly TERN highways and TENT projects, is of major importance for the European economy and the mobility of the European citizens. A major task of highway owners and operators is to ensure a high availability of all important links. Even smaller disruptions due to traffic restrictions or failure of road network elements lead to severe traffic interferences resulting in high economic follow-up costs and negative environmental impacts. Such infrastructures also constitute attractive terrorist targets due to their accessibility and great potential impact on human lives and economic activity. Attacks may cause considerable damage, including structural damage or demolition, substantial human casualties, socio-economic losses (unemployment, relocation of firms, reconstruction costs) and socio-political damage (public uncertainty, confidence loss) and even environmental consequences, each being accompanied by the related costs. Particularly bridges and tunnels, key elements of the road network, are highly vulnerable to terrorist attacks due to their bottleneck function. The SeRoN project will undertake a holistic approach both at individual infrastructure object and at road network level. Its main objectives are to investigate the impacts of possible terrorist attacks on the transport network, in particular the resulting regional and supra-regional impacts on transport links and their economic impacts. SeRoN will focus on the development of a methodology which is to help owners and operators to analyse critical road transport networks or parts hereof with regard to possible terrorist attacks. It will evaluate planned protection measures for critical road transport infrastructures concerning their impact on security and cost-effectiveness. Finally SeRoN will give adequate recommendations concerning possible current and future threat situations and the related most effective security measures.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport

Call for proposal

FP7-ICT-SEC-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

PTV PLANUNG TRANSPORT VERKEHR AG.
Address
Haid Und Neu Strasse 15
76131 Karlsruhe
Germany
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 764 404
Administrative Contact
Michael Ortgiese (Dr.)

Participants (6)

BUNDESANSTALT FUER STRASSENWESEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 337 715
Address
Bruederstrasse 53
51427 Bergisch Gladbach
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Hildegard Behr-Greinert (Ms.)
PARSONS BRINCKERHOFF LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 101 568
Address
Amber Court, William Armstrong Drive, Newcastle Business Park
NE4 7YQ Newcastle Upon Tyne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Steve Denton (Dr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Austria
EU contribution
€ 195 143
Address
Rechbauerstrasse 12
8010 Graz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gerald Pichler (Prof.)
TRAFICON INTERNATIONAL NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 80 480
Address
Vlamingstraat 19
8560 Wevelgem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stephan Adriaenssens (Mr.)
ERNST BASLER + PARTNER AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 172 800
Address
Zollikerstrasse 65
8702 Zollikon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christoph Zulauf (Mr.)
NIRAS AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 594 000
Address
Sortemosevej 19
3450 Alleroed
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Solvejg Qvist (Ms.)