Road transport accounts for about 75% of goods transport on land today. Freight transport activity is projected to increase, with respect to 2005, by around 40% in 2030 and by little over 80% by 2050. The foreseen growth of freight transport in Europe asks for the optimisation of multimodal transport chains. The traditional focus by National Road Authorities (NRAs) on small-scope infrastructure planning faces difficulties meeting societal challenges and doesn’t consider the drivers of the freight and logistic sector. To guarantee network performance and efficient investment strategies National Road Authorities will have to be empowered with tools to influence the modal choice by the freight and logistic sector. CEDR (the Conference of European Directors of Roads) has commissioned MUST, together with TEMAH and ARUP to develop such a toolbox.
The hypothesis of the FLUXNET research is that an intelligent combination of tools from the field of spatial planning and infrastructure planning, taking into consideration the driving forces within the logistic and transport sector, can help influence the multi modal use. The FLUXNET research focuses on practice: an analysis of good practices will be used to construct a preliminary toolbox that will be tested in several workshops around Europe with regional infrastructure, logistics and planning experts.