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ERDF Funding allocated

64.223 million

This priority aims to secure fair access to transport, information and communication and knowledge infrastructure in all NWE regions while curbing congestion and promoting a more sustainable mobility pattern.

For this purpose, good connections between transport networks (interoperability and multimodality) are key, as well as the promotion of environmentally-friendly transport means (in particular rail and waterways), but this should be accompanied by strategies that seek to limit/discourage unnecessary travel.

The NWE programme also addresses the Information Society. A significant priority will be to promote all types of IT-based networks, services and applications with territorial relevance and to contribute to a universal service in currently less well-equipped regions.

Examples of Approved Projects :

- The  HST Platform  Project  ( High Speed Train Platform )  

The action project High-Speed Train Platform (HST), addresses sustainable mobility management. Over 3 years the Dutch-led initiative involving 16 partners from the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany will endeavour to improve the effectiveness of the high-speed rail network, in order to exploit its potential both locally and internationally.


- The  LIRA II Project  ( The International Network of LIght RAil Cities )

Addressing concerns of mobility and accessibility at local level, The International Network of Light Rail Cities - From Vision to Action (LIRA-II), brings together 9 partners from the Netherlands, the UK and Belgium. Over 30 months the Dutch-led initiative will address accessibility in and around metropolitan areas by investigating strategies for the integrated planning and management of quality rapid-transit schemes.


- The Hospital Cooperation Project

The objective of this five-year project, involving five partners, is to set up a network between the hospitals of Strasbourg, Liege and Luxembourg, to be extended to other hospitals at a later stage. The hospitals are among the largest employers in their respective regions and thus play an important role in territorial development.


Other Examples of possible projects :

  • Transport network operators could co-operate with each other and other key-players to improve the speed, pace and safety of freight rail traffic on a transnational axis (e.g. the development of new freeways or freight-ways).

  • An IT-based network of NWE universities may create a distance-learning International Virtual Faculty  where students benefit in a multi-cultural environment from lessons and tutorship provided by a transnational pool of professors.

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