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Mobility and Transport

Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T)

The Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) policy addresses the implementation and development of a Europe-wide network of railway lines, roads, inland waterways, maritime shipping routes, ports, airports and railroad terminals. The ultimate objective is to close gaps, remove bottlenecks and technical barriers, as well as to strengthen social, economic and territorial cohesion in the EU. The current TEN-T policy is based on Regulation (EU) No 1315/2013.

Besides the construction of new physical infrastructure, the TEN-T policy supports the application of innovation, new technologies and digital solutions to all modes of transport. The objective is improved use of infrastructure, reduced environmental impact of transport, enhanced energy efficiency and increased safety.

TEN-T comprises two network ‘layers’:

- The Core Network includes the most important connections, linking the most important nodes, and is to be completed by 2030.

- The Comprehensive Network covers all European regions and is to be completed by 2050.

The backbone of the Core Network is represented by nine Core Network Corridors, which were identified to streamline and facilitate the coordinated development of the Core Network. Two horizontal priorities, the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) and Motorways of the Sea complement these. Oversight of the Corridors and of the two Horizontal Priorities lies with European Coordinators, nominated by the European Commission.

TENTtec Corridors map

Latest developments

To complete the TEN-T Core Network in time, we put forward a regulation on Streamlining measures for TEN-T implementation. The aim is to facilitate and advance on the implementation of the Core Network’s projects, across all modes of transport.

In April 2019, the Commission launched a review of the TEN-T policy.

A new dimension of the TEN-T policy is the movement of military forces (troops, assets & equipment) within and beyond the EU, which was identified in the Action Plan on Military Mobility. This movement is currently hampered by physical, legal and regulatory barriers such incompatible infrastructure or cumbersome custom procedures. To overcome these barriers, dual-use (civilian-military) co-funding of transport infrastructure projects has been proposed within the next Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

Further information

TEN-T Review

TEN-T Maps

TEN-T Interactive Viewer

Atlantic Corridor

Atlantic Corridor - Coordinator Carlo Secchi

Baltic Adriatic Corridor

Baltic Adriatic Corridor - Coordinator Anne Elisabet Jensen

Mediterranean Corridor

Mediterranean Corridor - Coordinator Iveta Radičová

North Sea-Baltic Corridor

North Sea-Baltic Corridor - Coordinator Catherine Trautmann

North Sea-Mediterranean Corridor

North Sea-Mediterranean Corridor - Coordinator Péter Balázs

Orient - East Med Corridor

Orient - East Med Corridor - Coordinator Mathieu Grosch

Rhine-Alpine Corridor

Rhine-Alpine Corridor - Coordinator Paweł Wojciechowski

Motorways of the Sea

Motorways of the Sea - Coordinator Kurt Bodewig

Rhine-Danube Corridor

Rhine-Danube Corridor - Coordinator Ines Ayala

Scandinavian-Mediterranean Corridor

Scandinavian-Mediterranean Corridor - Coordinator Pat Cox

European Rail Traffic Management System

European Rail Traffic Management System - Coordinator Matthias Ruete

TEN-T Review

The Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) policy supports and symbolises connectivity and accessibility for all regions of the Union. Through...