An institute in America has tried to calculate the monetary and time value of traffic congestion – and says it costs the USA $101 billion a year.
The Commission is taking legal action against the British and French governments for failure to allow competition through the Channel Tunnel.
MEPs have supported a resolution that ‘strongly recommends’ 30 km/h speed limits in all residential areas.
A group of environmental NGOs has published a ranking list of 17 European cities, based on what they have done to improve air quality. Berlin came top, closely followed by Copenhagen, Stockholm, Vienna and Zurich.
Freight carried by rail is up, in particular in eastern Europe. The figures, from the European railway companies’ umbrella organisation CER, coincide with a report highlighting ‘significant potential’ for a shift to rail to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Voters in central Switzerland have rejected a proposal for a second road tunnel through the Gotthard mountain.
The Commission has published proposals to standardise rail ticketing information, which it says is a first step towards easier pan-European train journeys. The transport commissioner Siim Kallas says this is part of long-term efforts to allow rail to compete with short-distance air transport.
A leading MEP has asked the Commission to stop Poland spending €1.2 billion of cohesion fund money on roads which has been given for improving rail transport.
The European Parliament’s environment committee has told the Commission it is offering too many concessions on air quality to diesel-powered machinery such as locomotives, tractors and inland vessels.
Most Europeans are prepared to compromise on the price and features of their car if doing so will reduce harmful emissions. That is the finding of a new Eurobarometer survey conducted in all 27 EU member states.