European transport networks

There are several large European networks. The main five are listed below.

LEPT is a member of the European network of Polis. As such, this gives all LEPT member boroughs access to their services, such as:

  • Lobbying for urban transport policy and funding in EU institutions
  • Forums to exchange best practice on various transportation issues
  • Briefings from the European Commission on latest funding opportunities
  • A medium to devise pan-EU project ideas and to bid for EU funding
  • Membership of the Working Group on Road Safety, Transport and Environment, Intelligent Transport Systems, Transport and Health, Social and Economic Aspects of Transport

LEPT gives borough officers the opportunity to participate in the ongoing thematic Working Groups, to access to play a more hands-on role of engaging both their own borough priorities, and those of the other London Boroughs.

The Association for European Transport promotes networking and the exchange of ideas, Information and opportunities amongst its members through conferences, special interest groups and the members' website. AET is responsible for organising Europe's leading annual transportation conference (the European Transport Conference - ETC). Members are encouraged to play an active role. AET's currently comprises over 300 corporate and individual members, based in over 35 countries.

The European Platform on Mobility Management (EPOMM) is an organisation formed of representatives from national governments within the European Union. Its aim is to promote and further develop Mobility Management (equivalent to the UK's Smarter Choices agenda) throughout Europe. EPOMM provides a forum for all those interested in Mobility Management including representatives from EU member governments, local and regional authorities, researchers, major employers, transport operators and other user groups.

EPOMM is perhaps best known for the annual European Conference on Mobility Management (ECOMM).

For further information, follow the links below to visit the EPOMM and ECOMM websites.

Early in 2006, the Department for Transport (DfT), in partnership with the London European Partnership for Transport announced UK membership within the European Platform On Mobility Management (EPOMM).

UK Membership in EPOMM enables positive interaction between national, regional and local government in the UK and the rest of the EU. It provides a 'partner-search' network for local authorities to facilitate involvement in EC-financed projects, and ensures a more influential position on European mobility management policy. A wide variety of best practice information is also available through EPOMM, which can provide specific advice or research as necessary.

The London European Partnership for Transport (LEPT) acts as the national focal point for UK representation within EPOMM. The LEPT secretariat coordinates, assesses and disseminates work in the arena of European sustainable transport including policy, projects, best practice and funding opportunities. The relationship between LEPT and EPOMM means that for the first time, there are resources available to make concrete links on sustainable transport with European networks and local authorities from other EU states.

Please contact a member of the LEPT team for more information.

The International Association of Public Transport (UITP) represents over 3,100 urban, local, regional and national mobility actors from more than 90 countries on all continents.

UITP brings together:

  • Operating companies;
  • Local, regional and national authorities;
  • The service and supply industry; and
  • Research institutes, academics and consultants

UITP covers all modes of public transport - metro, bus, light rail, regional and suburban railways, and waterborne transport. It also represents collective transport in a broader sense.

UITP acts as the point of reference and a centre of best practices and benchmarking for the public transport sector. UITP gathers and monitors public transport statistics and mobility indicators, and acts as knowledge hub on past and current developments and future trends.

By uniting the entire supply chain of public transport players, UITP is also a platform for developing business partnerships and joint ventures. UITP works to defend the interests of the public transport sector and is actively engaged with a number of international bodies - such as the United Nations, the World Bank and European institutions.

The International Transport Forum is a global platform and meeting place at the highest level for transport, logistics and mobility. Key figures from government and politics, business and industry, research and civil society will meet in Leipzig each year to debate a transport topic of worldwide strategic importance. The engagement and involvement of such a broad range of actors makes the International Transport Forum truly unique.

Recently transformed from the European Conference of Ministers of Transport, the International Transport Forum is an inter-governmental organisation within the OECD family. Its founding member countries include all the OECD members, as well as many countries in Central and Eastern Europe. In addition, China, India and Brazil are being invited to participate in the Forum. The involvement of more than 50 Ministers of Transport ensures direct links and strong relevance to policy making at both national and international levels.

The aim of the Forum is to foster a deeper understanding of the essential role played by transport in the economy and society. Transport, logistics and mobility are key factors in economic development and growth, and contribute as well to employment, and social welfare and cohesion. Progress has been made in recent years to mitigate the negative environmental impacts of transport activity, but more remains to be done on this level. Clearly, all dimensions of sustainability - environmental, economic and social - are impacted strongly by transport activity.

Polis is a network of leading European cities and regions working together for the development of innovative technologies and policies in local transport. Polis provides a platform for dialogue and cooperation on current mobility issues for cities and regions across Europe. Polis conferences, thematic working groups, publications and in-house expertise create opportunities for its members to exchange experience and forge partnerships among themselves, and also with industry and the research community, to develop innovative solutions to transport problems.

The primary objective of Polis is to support European cities and regions in improving quality of life through innovative measures for reducing congestion, enhancing safety, lowering harmful emissions, and offering better access to transport.

Member cities and regions have implemented innovative systems and services that support sustainable mobility policies in the Polis priority areas:

  • Deployment of ITS services
  • Environment-friendly transport and clean vehicles
  • Integrated strategies
  • Mobility services
  • Public passenger transport
  • Road pricing
  • Safety on urban roads
  • Traffic management and information
  • Urban freight distribution
  • Urban transport noise

POLIS also advocates the development of integrated strategies at the European level to achieve sustainable mobility in cities and regions, through the Political Group, Urban Research Agenda Platform and Research and Educational Forum.