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EC publications on infrastructure maintenance in transport

The European Commission published in September 2018 a discussion paper on infrastructure maintenance in transport. To make the transport system more efficient and cleaner, considerable investments have to be made in infrastructure maintenance, in order to close missing links in the transport network or to remove bottlenecks in the system. The discussion paper builds on a mapping exercise for road and rail infrastructure maintenance. It provides an overview of 4 topics:

  • the state of transport infrastructure across the EU
  • measurement/assessment of maintenance backlogs
  • differences in governance structures
  • existing innovations to deal with maintenance problems.

The paper raises questions based on the research and suggestions regarding the role the EU could play in improving infrastructure maintenance.

Complementary to the paper, a summary note on the ‘State of infrastructure maintenance’ was published on 12 December 2018. The objective of the note is to enable a clearer understanding of the amount and types of research that Horizon 2020/FP7 have supported and some of the results and ongoing activities of these projects.

Comments on this paper can be sent by stakeholders to until 31 January 2019.

Source: European Commission DG GROW © European Union, 1995-2018