Following the successful completion of the initial project focussed on the development of a European ITS Platform for freight traffic operating within the East-West Corridor, a second phase was launched on 14th November. Within the first phase the IEA, working on behalf of Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), took responsibility for guiding the development of an on-line multimodal freight route planner. This planner, which can be accessed at: https://eastwestcorridor.eu/Planner/ currently is very much focussed on routes including Road, Rail, Lo-Lo Shipping and barge transport for the door to door transport of freight in containers, will be expanded to take into account routes involving shipment in trailers shipped on board R-Ro services.
The definition of the Corridor has been expanded to more actively include freight moving to and from the Baltic States. This aspect of the work, which involves study of routes and customs controls involved in traffic moving into and out of third countries promises to be a very useful contribution to our sum of knowledge in our Brexit discussions on controls that might affect traffic to and through the UK.