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The project Objectives

SPIDER PLUS objective is to provide a new 2050 mobility VISION through a Strategic Design & Plan and a Road Map delivering Sustainable Solutions by then. The productivity of the available resources supported by ICT and other technologies is maximized by the combination of infrastructural nodes with spatial and urban planning integrating the missing links for sustainable mobility and city logistics. The combination of the Time with Space management generates seamless transport chains reducing aggravations and costs. E/Service, E/Freight, ICT technologies, satellite communications, Galileo are tools for achieving these objectives. Synchro-Mobility and Seamless liquid mobility are the 2050 SPIDER PLUS final goals.

The project Work-plan

The SPIDER PLUS project work plan is organised into 11 work packages (WP1-11), coordinated by Project Management (WP1), Technical Coordination (WP2), Quality Management (WP3). The dissemination & Knowledge Transfer is a specific horizontal Work Package for transferring the Project findings (WP 4).

The “As- is Situation” is developed in WP5

The “As Is Picture & Work in Progress” is dealing with the European mobility “Status Quo” appreciating the work in progress. The Market Offer is represented by technical, operational, structural, infrastructural, ICT technologies and any other service production component whereas the Demand side is constituted by the prevailing market needs and their evolution. The “As Is picture” includes the current situation as well as the expected changes deriving from actions already in progress and decisions on infrastructures already financed. This Work Package is instrumental to give substance to future Societal mobility needs. It helps to recognise the Mega Trends necessary for arriving at the 2050 SPIDER PLUS MOBILITY VISION and the elaboration of the Road Map for its implementation going through the intermediate “Must have 2030” step.

Here you can find the Executive Summary of Deliverable 5.1

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The “Mega Trend” is developed in WP6

Here you can find the Executive Summary of Deliverable 6.1

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The “Vision’s components” are developed in WP7

The role of High Speed Rail and the European rail corridors are assessed in this Work Package together with their integration in national, regional and local transport systems. The passengers´ mobility is provided by high speed lines and services interconnecting with underground and surface transport means. The “way finding combined with ICT technologies” are the visual guide at interfaces in seamless transport chains. The European rail corridors are the backbone of the European rail network for competitive freight. While the high speed services move people, the European rail network for competitive freight moves the cargo necessary for the people livelihood in the urban areas. The local rail network interconnecting with the high speed network is serving local mobility and commuting together with more specialised infrastructure (underground, urban rail, light rail, buses, bicycles, soft modes, etc.). The changes in demand patterns combined with the increase in urban agglomeration impose the application of a logistics model based on “last mile” distribution approach. Urban hubs are becoming also freight hubs due to the need of providing goods for the proximity shops or high street markets. The SPACE dimension and its planning becomes a vital component for sustainable mobility supplementing and complementing the TIME dimension which has been prevailing up to now. The research activities to be undertaken are multi-folds. They vary between types of rail services, stations, terminals, dry ports, interfaces, technologies, supply chains, transit places, parking spaces, shopping areas, relief and handling zones. The demographic trends have an impact on the transport demand as well as on the people concentration. The project identifies trends in urban and regional planning promoting a more sustainable mobility of both people and goods where mobility needs are very high.

Here you can find the Executive Summaries of Deliverable 7


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The “ Impact assessment” is developed in WP8

This Work Package assesses the impact generated by the Vision Components. The output is producing an evaluation and validation of the proposed solutions covering all the different dimensions such as economic, transport, environment, security, societal. Technological innovations are required for realising a competitive and resource efficient rail transport system providing better services at competitive costs. Additional benefits such as energy savings, GHG emission reductions, renewable energies, produce an inferior dependence from fossil fuels conducive towards the 2050 SPIDER PLUS Vision for sustainable mobility. The long lasting measures capable of producing these positive effects are evaluated in the "2030 Must have" intermediate step. This “2030 Must have” intermediate step is vital for substantiating the Vision at 2050 time horizon. The Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) is also performed in this Work Package in order to validate and evaluate ex-ante the planned 2050 solutions contained in the Vision. This Work Package output makes a full assessment of the 2050 Spider Plus Mobility Vision as a solid base for the SPIDER PLUS Road Map.

Here you can find the Executive Summaries of Deliverable 8


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The “ SPIDER PLUS Road Map” is developed in WP9

The Road Map towards the 2050 SPIDER PLUS MOBILITY VISION is developed in Work Package 9, starting from the “As Is Picture & work in progress” up to final implementation. The Road Map sets up a list of guidelines for implementation of advanced and interconnected infrastructures, technologies, processes and framework conditions. Rail Infrastructures play a crucial role in releasing the capacity required for accommodating the need of a more evolved European Society. Mobility reduction is not an option since people and freight movements are the vital ingredient for freedom and wealth. The benefits deriving from a proper management of the available resources keeping into consideration both Space and Time are the bottlenecks elimination and the better management of the European Rail Network reducing at the same time attrition zones for capacity generation. The Road map to the 2050 SPIDER PLUS MOBILITY VISION is supported by the “MUST HAVE 2030” intermediate step. This is vital since the “As Is Picture & work in progress” identifies measures which are in course of execution which, having been already financed, will deliver their advantages by that time. The Road Map is identifying all steps leading to the Vision implementation and its mobility business models. The evaluation of 2030 results is addressing in a realistic way the migration strategy necessary for the identification of the weaknesses during the Road Map implementation processes.

Here you can find the Executive Summaries of Deliverable 9


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The “Solutions Guide book” is developed in WP10

This Work Package deals with the recommendations summary of the SPIDER PLUS Project outputs. The recommendations concerning the Design and Planning modification of the Infrastructures layouts, are of particular importance. They fulfil the integration of all transport modes into a co-modal system towards achieving seamless mobility. These recommendations when adopted are impacting immediately on the mobility VISION of the future. For this reason it is thought that the most practical way for making these recommendations usable by all interested stakeholders is the emission of a Guide Book. The Training activities on the Guide Book recommendations are fulfilled within the dissemination activities of WP4. This task is providing also the decision making tools capable of fulfilling the Road Map for realising the 2050 SPIDER PLUS MOBILITY VISION.

The Knowledge Transfer is developed in WP11

This work package assures the knowledge transfer between all stakeholders involved in the 2050 SPIDER PLUS MOBILITY VISION. It has been recognised by the partners from the project outset that the challenges for putting together a realistic 2050 Mobility Vision involving both Passengers and Freight could not be fulfilled without having access to the highest business expertise and Academia from Worldwide. For this reason two specialised Networks of Expertise and Vision are activated. Although Academia from outside Europe are not allowed to receive financial support from EU co-funded projects, contacts are undertaken with them through the transfer of knowledge taking place between European Universities and their associated institutes overseas. For additional enlargement of the Vision 2050 horizon, a special workshop in cooperation with the MIT in Boston has been foreseen. Specific working sessions are dedicated to passengers, freight and infrastructure topics having the objectives of integrating long distance transportation with local urban needs. These sessions facilitate the networking and knowledge transfer with key representatives of other European projects. This WP is making sure that during the entire project developments dedicated sessions of “reconciliation with the highest level of Expertise and Vision” are organised. Such sessions provide the exchange of knowledge between the stakeholders and Academia. They secure that all important aspects are taken into account and that the project results are coherent with the desired project objectives. Considering that the stakeholders are market players such desired objectives must respond to realistic Societal needs. The recommendations for the fulfilment of the 2050 SPIDER PLUS MOBILITY VISION when adopted are impacting on the life quality of future generations. This reconciliation process between the stakeholders, the key actors in the market place and the highest specialised competencies at European level is making sure that these recommendations are made on sound scientific and business model foundations for a long lasting sustainable future mobility. This process of reconciliation between the Vision and the market expertise entails the identification of migration strategies for implementation contained in the Guide Book.