The TEN-T network must comply with a series of EU requirements, for example on railway electrification. For most requirements, compliance is estimated at 81-100%. This achievement can be directly linked to the huge investment in the TEN-T network: more than €91 billion in the course of 2016 and 2017. The highest share of this investment (€80 billion), including EU co-funding, has been invested in the core network, with most going to TEN-T railways (including ERTMS), where funds are helping to close compliance gaps.
The report shows the major challenges of the TEN-T infrastructure network can only be met with a sound mix of funding and financial instruments. The years 2016 and 2017 were successful in that regard, with TEN-T having received increased funding from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), as well as benefiting from other EU means. The report also highlights the role of European TEN-T Coordinators in ensuring a sound, mature and visible project pipeline of more than 2 500 projects today.
Further progress is expected as the TEN-T deadlines of 2030 (core network) and 2050 (comprehensive network) approach and the maturity of the project pipeline increases. The European Coordinators will soon publish updated work plans for the core network corridors, indicating the challenges and steps for the development of the core network corridors by 2030.
The results of the progress report will feed into the ongoing review the TEN-T Regulation. A possible proposal for a revision would follow by 2021.
Infrastructure: update to TEN-T Corridor Work Plans
The European Commission has published nine updated corridor work plans. The new work plans guide the development of the core network corridors until 2030 – the completion target of the core network.
The plans are drawn up by the respective European Coordinator and agreed with the Member States concerned. A plan resumes the current infrastructure state along the corridor in question, and sets out the challenges for future infrastructure development. It also sets the framework for investment in transport infrastructure – from public and private, European and national sources. This fourth edition of the work plans is also an important input in the review process of the TEN-T Regulation.
The updated, fourth-generation work plans are: