URSA MAJOR neo: safer and more efficient European goods traffic

URSA MAJOR neo: safer and more efficient European goods traffic

URSA MAJOR neo aims to make goods traffic on European roads safer and more efficient with the implementation of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). In this way it is possible to better manage goods traffic on the busiest goods-traffic corridors in Europe. The use of this technology will make goods traffic in Europe safer and more efficient.

Goods traffic on the roads can get better and more up-to-date journey information using ITS. This may use apps, or be provided by variable message signs above the roadway or at the roadside. In addition to implementation of proven ITS systems and services, new technologies are also being developed and tested in pilot schemes. The consortium is made up of 3 EU member states and 35 other stakeholders.

Benefits of URSA MAJOR neo

The implementation of this project will lead to better parking opportunities, navigation and crisis management for goods traffic. In addition, traffic jams and CO2 emissions will fall. And economic interests must not be forgotten, given that this is one of the busiest goods corridors in Europe.

Interconnection of important European markets

The URSA MAJOR neo corridor runs roughly from Rotterdam, via Germany and the Alps, to Sicily. So this whole area will be more closely interconnected, which offers many logistical benefits. This will make transportation of goods quicker and more reliable, boosting the unity of the European internal market. And the European trading block as a whole will be strengthened as a result.

Mission of Rijkswaterstaat and URSA MAJOR neo

This project is in line with Rijkswaterstaat's mission: promoting safety, accessibility and quality of life in the Netherlands. In addition, the Netherlands has the largest port in Europe and is an important transit country for goods. ITS is seen as a resource that can be used to address the ever-growing demand for road capacity, without the immediate need for building new roads or widening existing ones. At less expense, in a shorter time-frame and with less space required. Moreover, the project offers opportunities to try out innovative technologies, such as truck platooning, floating car data and a system for detecting low (and potentially dangerous) tyre pressure.

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European Programme

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