Trans Tools

  • Overgård, Christian Hansen (Project Manager)
  • Würtz, Christian Juul (Project Participant)
  • Nielsen, Otto Anker (Project Participant)
  • Leleur, Steen (Project Participant)
  • Hansen, Stephen (Project Participant)
  • Andersen, Jonas Lohmann Elkjær (Project Participant)
  • Zabic, Martina (Project Participant)
  • Burgess, Arnaud (Contact Person)
  • Vilcan, Adrian (Contact Person)
  • Martino, Angelo (Contact Person)
  • Schade, Wolfgang (Contact Person)
  • Ricci, Andrea (Contact Person)
  • Bröcker, Johannes (Contact Person)
  • Christidis, Panayotis (Contact Person)

    Project Details


    TRANS-TOOLS aims to produce a European transport network model covering both passengers and freight, as well as intermodal transport, which overcomes the shortcomings of current European transport network models.
    Main shortcomings include the unsatisfactory representation of mix of traffic (short/long distance and freight/passenger), the (partly) missing presence of intermodality and freight logistics in models, differences in implementation of Origin-Destination base year for freight traffic in some models, outdated character of some models, no sufficient linkage of network based transport models with socio-economic effects and external effects.
    As on the European realm different models for different options and with different IPR settings are anticipated, it is useful to construct an IPR free instrument on the basis of the best available knowledge (i.e. notably at partners that have been involved in building models that involve European policy questions).
    The aim is to develop a European network-based transport model starting from the ideas consolidated in the modelling experience of the consortium partners. This means that some of the features of the current available EU models will be added, considering that while the model cannot be a tool for every purpose, the selection of the model features should be essentially on the basis of the policy needs addressed by the European Commission services. It is already quite clear that the SCENES model approach will provide good suggestions for the treatment of passenger transport and the interaction of local and long distance traffic, that the VACLAV transport network will be a suitable basis for the development of an efficient transport assignment model, that NEAC will provide the information for proper description of freight transport and that the SCENES model will constitute a reference for the treatment of intermodal transport, as well as SLAM for logistics.
    This will lead in the following clear innovations obtained form TRANS-TOOLS:
    • New set up of a demand/supply model;
    • Intermodality for passenger/freight (as National and European transport policies seek to promote intermodality through different measures);
    • Inclusion of intercontinental flows (mainly for freight), as some models do not cover this segment;
    • Full coverage of Central and Eastern Europe (Accession Countries and the countries at the borders of the enlarged European Union);
    • Integration of the new Member States at a level similar to those of EU 15;
    • Feedback infrastructure development economy (as the question of indirect effects in the economy and on network level is important, especially where investment has a substantial influence - notably for Accession Countries);
    • Logistics/freight chain explicitly included;
    • Coupling method with local traffic in order to address the effect of congestion on long-distance traffic;
    • The consortium provides access to all relevant experience concerning EU and national modelling;
    • A software approach is chosen which results in a software modelling tool on network level.
    Effective start/end date22/09/200430/09/2006


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