Networking for Urban Vitality (NUVit)

Networking for Urban Vitality (NUVit)

The initiative Networking for Urban Vitality (NUVit) brings together European case studies and practical experience from integrated infrastructure and spatial development.

The goal of NUVit is to deliver a proven toolbox for authorities to use in order to optimize economic, social and environmental vitality of urban regions from the perspective of multimodal transport infrastructures. Rijkswaterstaat coordinates the initiative.

In the past years, a group of international experts from European infra-providers, authorities, knowledge institutes and consultants felt the urgency for an improvement in the return on investments in European infrastructure. In the program NUVit, they join forces to work on sustainable development within various projects.

Specific challenge

Achieving a smart, green and integrated transport system is key to sustaining and developing the economic, social and environmental vitality of urban Europe. Within this context the challenge is to deliver the next generation of infrastructure governance, design, management and operation. This enables optimal accessibility, liveability, health, safety and security across the scales from the local daily urban system to the wider EU-regions that cluster metropolitan areas.

The challenge is to deliver the next generation of infrastructure governance, design, management and operation

Deployment on a EU-regional scale should be centered around TEN-T clusters such as in the Benelux/Nordrhein-Westfalen. Fundamental in addressing this challenge is:

  • The further optimisation of the functional urban area is only possible when the peri-urban system and the long distance freight transport is taken into account;
  • TEN-T clusters need to be considered as a whole (the corridors and their interlinks) for regions where the TEN-T network is highly clustered and interlinked with the regional and local networks.


In order to address the specific challenge through effective deployment initiatives, a living laboratory is proposed at the scale of a TEN-T cluster. This lab will focus on the impact of governance, development, management and operation of all relevant transport infrastructure on economic, social and environmental vitality of the region considered. Goals and milestones will be set in terms of accessibility, liveability, safety and security.

Starting from best practices of the involved infrastructure owners, research and innovation actions will result in a practical toolbox and appropriate technology and regulations framework.