Increasing pressure is being placed on cities to manage urban freight, with solutions urgently needed to manage issues around demand and sustainability.
Vital Nodes aimed to develop sustainable freight mobility within urban nodes. It addresses the multi- and intermodal connection between long-distance and last-mile freight logistics and prioritises the deployment of innovative measures in the urban nodes Urban nodes are at the core of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). To develop sustainable freight transport systems while taking action to mitigate the negative impacts of traffic, they need an integrated system involving all levels: European, regional and urban. Cities play a key role to involve all stakeholders - especially freight carriers and infrastructure providers- and enable sustainable policy-making.
VITAL NODES delivered three key results:
1. Self-sustaining network of networks consisting of experts, end-users and case-owners
2. Proven Vital Nodes approach for future cases consisting of an enriched and fine-tuned toolbox, an appraisal methodology, a format for workshops, and a deployment strategy
3. Validated recommendations on integration of urban nodes in TEN-T core network corridors
VITAL NODES brought together partners including transport bodies and operators, research institutions and government agencies from across Europe.
The project ran from October 2017 until November 2019.