On 8 October 2019, MORE hosted the first of a series of workshops on common challenges and solutions of metropolitan areas along the same TEN-T corridor. The first workshop was dedicated to the TEN-T Atlantic corridor.
After an introduction to the MORE Project by project coordinator Professor Peter Jones, Paulo Anciaes from the University College of London introduced the participants to the four tools that are being developed by the MORE project to assist cities in planning, designing, managing and operating these feeder routes and interfaces. The participants were able to provide their feedback on the potential usefulness of these tools for cities.
The discussion on the types of problems experienced by cities along their TEN-T “feeder routes”, continued with the presentations by the city of Lisbon and Paris on initiatives along the Atlantic Corridor, which are contributing to the goal of making the traffic on the interfaces between urban and inter-urban networks more seamless and sustainable. Mauro Gil Cabeza of Indra presented AUTOCITS, a project that represents a good example of cooperation among cities on the Atlantic corridor (Lisbon, Madrid and Paris) on the challenge of regulating autonomous driving in urban nodes.
A further objective of the workshop was to establish a synergy between the MORE project and VitalNodes, a project aimed at delivering evidence-based recommendations for the integration of urban nodes into the TEN-T network, which covered a series of topics also relevant to MORE. Vital Nodes project partners Marlene Damerau (Rupprecht Consult) and Giacomo Lozzi (Polis) presented the recommendations prepared by the project and highlighted the several topics on which MORE could capitalise on the work done by Vital Nodes. Among them: solutions, practices and measures adopted by urban nodes for their integration into the TEN-T network; new approaches for infrastructure development under difficult conditions; institutional cooperation of metropolitan areas along the same corridor; and recommendations for CEF and H2020 funding for infrastructure and urban planning in TEN-T urban nodes.
A diversified audience composed by MORE pilot cities, cities on the Atlantic corridor, transport consultancies, and transport users associations participated to the event.