The Commission should give at least 40% of transport infrastructure funding to rail projects in order to boost railfreight, says the European Parliament’s transport committee.
Manchester has become the latest city to propose a congestion charge. The city says congestion is costing businesses money and depriving the city of skilled workers. Five other major European cities (Bergen, Oslo, London, Stockholm and Milan) have congestion charges.
Work on the northern stretch of the M30 motorway around Madrid is being held up following an opinion from the European Court of Justice that says urban road schemes must be subjected to Environmental Impact Assessment.
Transport ministers and MEPs have given their support to plans to make it obligatory for local authorities to consider environmental and energy performance when buying vehicles for public transport.
The mayors of three European cities have committed their areas to going beyond EU environment targets on reducing greenhouse gases and promoting renewable energy.
Transport committee MEPs have voted for a set of rules that will require airline reservation systems to show both CO2 emissions and available alternative train journeys.
An EU-funded project has come up with what it says is ‘a tool to support cities and regions to adopt sustainable management’. The toll is the result of the three-year Managing Urban Europe-25 project that forms part of the EC’s thematic strategy on the urban environment initiated in 2006.
The London city congestion charge celebrated its fifth birthday last month with the news that it had made a minor contribution to improving human health. Scientists at two London institutes calculate that since February 2003 1888 extra years of life have been saved among the seven million population of London. Inside the charge zone, an extra 183 years of life have been saved for every 100 000 residents.
More evidence has emerged about the damage traffic noise can do to people’s health.