Achieving a smart green and integrated transport system is key to sustaining and developing the economic, social and environmental vitality of urban Europe. Within this context the challenge is to deliver the next generation of infrastructure governance, design, management and operation. This enables optimal accessibility, liveability, health, safety and security across the scales from the local daily urban system to the wider EU-regions that cluster metropolitan areas. This challenge of consistency across different spatial scales is widespread across metropolitan regions in Europe. Deployment on a EU-regional scale should be centred around TEN-T clusters such as in the Benelux/Nordrhein-Westfalen. Fundamental in addressing this challenge is:
- The further optimisation of the daily urban system is only possible when the peri-urban system and the long distance freight transport is taken into account;
- TEN-T clusters need to be considered as a whole (the corridors and their interlinks) for regions where the TEN-T network is highly clustered and interlinked with the regional and local networks.
In order to address the specific challenge through effective deployment initiatives, a living laboratory is proposed at the scale of a TEN-T cluster. This lab will focus on the impact of governance, development, management and operation of all relevant transport infrastructure on economic, social and environmental vitality of the region considered. Goals and milestones will be set in terms of accessibility, livability, safety and security. Starting from best practices of the involved infrastructure owners, research and innovation actions will result in a practical toolbox and appropriate technology and regulations framework. In such living laboratory the integration of infrastructure planning and spatial planning will be dealt with in a manner that is consistent across the scales of subsequently: the TEN-T cluster system, the daily urban system (including the peri-urban system) and the local scale.pan