Peripheral Access, a project to improve mobility in border regions:


Peripheral Access is an Interreg Project running under Interreg Central Europe Programme, of which AEBR is one of the associated partners. The objective of Peripheral Access is to improve mobility in peripheral areas such as rural, remotely located or border regions as well as in the hinterland of urban areas.

Nine partners across seven countries are combining knowledge and competences to test innovative solutions for transport technologies to better serve remote areas, under the supervision of the German Association for Housing, Urban and Spatial Development (DV).

A poor basic service level of public transport, tight public budgets, demographic change with fewer and older people living in peripheral areas and a high level of unsustainable, exclusive and costly private car use are common challenges for 93% of the EU territories.

Different are the strategies proposed by the project partners. The Authority for local public transport Vogtland in Germany is focusing on a marketing campaign to increase the use of the cross-border public transportation service. Thanks to the support of the researches carried out by Venice International University, Trieste Trasporti P.L.C. is now implementing the test phase for an on-demand bus service which aims at connecting peripheral areas around the city of Trieste, Italy, with the aim of offering also a cross-border service in the future.

Other measures include the development of infrastructures for a public car-sharing system which uses electric automobiles, as Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region is doing, or promoting the use of bicycles as means of transport, as KTI Institute for Transport Sciences Non Profit Ltd does in the town of Balassagyarmat, Hungary. The Municipality of Lubin as well as the Region of Lubin responded to the challenges posed by isolation creating a new intermodal hub connecting Lubin strategically with other major centres such as Wroclaw, Berlin and Dresden, repositioning this way the city from a border to a hub. The Regional Management Metropolitan Area of Styria Ltd plans an intermodal hub which connects the peripheries of the city of Graz, Austria, and enables the use of alternative transport modes. Kordis jmk proposes to set up cross-border transport connections by regional buses and trains to encourage cross-border commuting and tourism in the region of South Moravia, Czech Republic.

Having started in June 2017 and continuing until May 2020, the project analysed the situation of public transport in peripheral areas in detail at EU and partner level from which the action plans of each partners derive. The lead partner, DV, has hosted an Interreg volunteer in summer 2018 to learn first-hand the state-of-the-art of public transports across Central Europe thanks to the journey Elsa embarked on.

AEBR is following closely the development of the project and will continue reporting the project’s results.

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