The last Weastflows conference25 Jun 15
The final conference of the European Weastflows Project took place on 12 February, 2015 in Brussels with over 200 attendees including all project partners and supporters as well as institutional and European programme representatives.
This conference gave AURH the opportunity to present the main conclusions stemming from its work. AURH, which led the "Assessment of sustainable transport capacity" action, was in charge of mapping and analysing transport infrastructures in North-Western Europe.
Amongst the key messages conveyed by AURH:
- Benelux and the Rhine River Valley are the regions where infrastructure networks, all modes included, are the most developed. The Seine River Valley comes in second place, being the only region outside of Benelux and the Rhine River Valley where modal changes could possibly take place massively, both towards inland waterway and rail transport.
- The Le Havre Port and its continuation through the Seine River Valley is the "natural and logical" maritime entrance port for Western Europe.
- Freight exchanges between North-Western European regions are important, though they rarely include cross-border exchanges and a rarely West-East in direction.
- Ireland, Scotland and Western France are peripheral regions, poorly connected to the heart of Europe or Eastern Europe, as they are connected to heavily congested regions and new transport routes must thus be identified.
Debate on Open Data
The round-table discussion and debate, in which AURH took part, targeted the questions of availability of reliable and complete Open Data to respond to European freight transport stakes, promote the integration of peripheral zones and tackle the issues of bottle-necks and congestion. Open Data, with its open and collaborative dimension, gives a response. The OpenStreetMap initiative, with a goal of establishing a free geographical data base on a global scale, is one of the best examples of this.