Peripheral Access – Improved mobility in peripheral areas

The project Peripheral Access will improve mobility in disadvantaged spaces such as rural areas, in the hinterland of large urban agglomerations and in border regions. The project is co-financed by the Interreg program Central Europe.

Cities and large urban areas pay increasing attention to innovative mobility solutions, including ridesharing, carsharing, electric mobility, real-time travel information, electronic ticketing with best-price billing or intermodal mobility chains. However, outside the cities these concepts are much less used. This is often caused by lower user rates in sparsely populated regions, missing institutional cooperation, or fewer financial resources. Subsequently, it is  more difficult to develop sustainable mobility patterns (e.g. mobility without individual or privately owned cars) in in peripheral areas.  

In order to address this situation, the project Peripheral Access will implement different activities  throughout its three-year lifetime, following three thematic areas:

1) Promoting intermodal mobility and realted infrastructures,
2) Use of intelligent communication technologies in mobility,
3) Development and use of innovative marketing and governance approaches.

Examples of implementation:

  • Regional status-quo analysis for the three thematic areas of action with resulting action plans in seven partner regions
  • Development and testing of an intermodal mobility interchange in the hinterland of Graz (Austria)
  • Development and testing of smart mobility and ticketing systems in the region Friuli-Venezia Giulia (border region Italy-Slovenia)
  • Planning of a new intermodal railway station with view at improving access to the TEN-T network of the city of Lubin (Poland) under specific consideration of automated driving
  • Provision of new mobility services such as bicycle-busses and cross-border train connections for tourists in the border region Czech Republic – Austria – Slovakia)
  • Planning and implementation of a bi-lingual marketing campaign for the cross-border train connection Gera-Cheb (border region Germany – Czech Republic)

These concrete measures will be complemented by project activities promoting joint learning, knowledge transfer and institutional cooperation, including site visits, field trips, workshops, a summer university for students and young professionals and a city-industry dialogue on mobility in peripheral areas.

Lead Partner: German Association for Housing, Urban and Spatial Development

Period: 2017 - 2020
Total Budget: 2 Mio. Euro



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