Vital Nodes delivers evidence-based recommendations for effective and sustainable integration of the nodes into the TEN-T network corridors. It addresses specifically the multi and intermodal connection between long-distance and last-mile freight logistics. It will also support the deployment of innovations in the urban nodes, while establishing a long-lasting European expert network.
The Vital Nodes project is funded by the Horizon 2020 Programme, and will run for 24 months.
TEN-T core network corridors
The TEN-T (the Trans-European Transport Network) is the main action plan for comprehensive transport infrastructure development throughout the European Union. Urban areas are key elements of the TEN-T network and have to respond to growing mobility needs and increasing freight transport by implementing new logistic concepts, ensuring transport modes’ seamless interconnection and accommodate spatial-economic growth and urban expansion (housing, working, facilities). Efficient freight delivery across the nodes into the last-mile is crucial for urban vitality (regarding social, economic and environmental quality of life). However, effective integration of a node in the TEN-T core network corridors is complex. As each urban node has its own specific characteristics and issues, it would be too simplistic to assume that there is a one-size-fits-all solution. Different spatial scales, modalities, sectors and stakeholders are concerned and all have to be taken into account when optimizing the integration of solutions for accessibility and profitability of freight logistics on the one hand with vitality and liveability of urban areas becoming increasingly important on the other.