1. 7,500 km, or 10% of the road network, is affected by daily traffic jams. 2. 16,000 km of railways, 20% of the network, are classed as bottlenecks. 3. Freight volumes in particular are expected to rise 70% in the current EU 15 states and 95% in the new Member States. 4. Demand is expected to continue to grow rapidly.
September 12, 2001 the European Commission adopted a White Paper on European Transport Policy for 2010. It pointed out that if the policy status quo continues and the above predictions become a reality, congestion is set to increase further, both in urban and inter-urban areas. The monetary value of congestion delays is estimated to come to almost EU9 billion for inter-regional users just on the trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) road network by 2020. Congestion will grow most at the borders between the current and new Member States as well as on major transit routes such as the Alps and Pyrenees.
A recent European Commission working paper stated "Creating a dynamic EU economy and fostering deeper integration of the national economies rely on a properly functioning transport system". http://www.roadships.eu