Cost Allocation of Transport Infrastructure Cost

Over the past fifty years, Sweden has invested large sums of money and effort in research into vehicle and road safety. According to a report from Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems, Vinnova, this work has saved thousands of lives and money amounting to several billions of Swedish crowns (SEK). The results show that, thanks to this research, Sweden saves 481 lives annually, which represents a value of 8.4 billion SEK. Road accidents are a serious social problem. In Sweden alone, road accidents cost society about 30 billion SEK per year (2005). At the same time, Sweden is today one of the leading countries in the world as regards vehicle and road safety. Sweden has reduced the number of fatalities in traffic from 1,307 in 1970 to 440 in 2005, during which period the volume of traffic has more than doubled. The Vinnova report has, in case studies, analyzed the effects of five important research areas: (1) speed reduction measures in towns and cities; (2) better safety for children in cars; (3) better protection in new cars against whiplash injuries; (4) side collision protection; and (5)more effective police surveillance. Overall, public funding agencies have invested 440 million SEK over the period 1974-2004. This should be compared with the net benefit of about 20 billion SEK which the above research areas are estimated to have contributed to. CATRIN is a Research project to support the European Transport Policy, specifically to assist in the Implementation of Transport pricing.

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    • Research institutions undertaking the sub-projects: Vienna University of Technology - Institute for Road Construction and Maintenance (TUV-ISTU), University of Turku/Centre for Maritime Studies (CMS), Ecole nationale des ponts et chausses (ENPC/CERAS), German Institute for Economic Research(DIW), Istituto di Studi per l'Integrazione dei Sistemi (ISIS), University of Gdansk, Faculty of Economics, University of Las Palmas, Swedish Maritime Administration (SMA), Ecoplan, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds, and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).


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  • Status: Active
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Sustainable Surface Transport

    6th RTD Framework Programme
    European Union
    Brussels,   Belgium 
  • Project Managers:

    Lindburg, Gunnar

  • Start Date: 20050901
  • Actual Completion Date: 20090331
  • Source Data: RiP Project 25431

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  • Accession Number: 01461627
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Knowledge Centre
  • Files: RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:49PM