The need for a new generation of interchanges

11 November 2013  •  Author(s): Gabriela Barrera, Finance & Project Manager, Polis and Frank van der Hoeven Director of Research and Associate, Professor of Urban Design, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft

Interchanges play a key role in the integration of the urban mobility system and in enabling good intermodal solutions. Their efficiency is therefore essential to achieve sustainable transport objectives in Europe. The European co-funded project NODES1-4 (New Tools for Design and Operation of Urban Transport Interchanges) will develop a toolbox to allow practitioners to assess and benchmark their new or upgraded interchange and to improve its performance.

NODES is a collaborative research project cofunded by the Seventh Framework Programme. It has a three year duration (start date 1 October 2012) and brings together 17 partners representing local government administrations, public transport operators, research centres and consultants and European associations.

So far…

How would passenger intermodality ideally look like in 2020?

And what will be the role of intermodal interchanges then? These are some of the questions that have been discussed during the first year of NODES, so future user needs and system requirements could be defined. In addition, 18 EU co-financed research projects, 10 policy frameworks and design guidelines and over 30 best practices have been analysed within the NODES ‘State of the Art’. The aim was to identify possible interchange typologies, criteria and performance indicators for well-functioning public transport inter – changes. This information and first results serve as input to the NODES Toolbox, a catalogue of integrated planning, design and management tools, based on the most advanced practices in urban and other related transport sectors.

The NODES Toolbox will help European cities, transport authorities and operators in the design and operation of new or upgraded interchanges. It will also help to improve travellers and users’ experiences at interchanges across Europe, while supporting societal and economic actors that depend on the efficiency of interchanges. Within the project, the following five key areas are considered:

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