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Special report 09/2020: The EU core road network: shorter travel times but network not yet fully functional

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21/04/2020

Roads play a significant role in EU transport, accounting for the largest share of passenger and freight traffic. We assessed progress towards achieving the EU objective of completing a fully functioning TEN-T core road network and the Commission’s role in this. We found that the development of the TEN-T core road network supported by EU funding and Commission action is making progress thereby achieving results for those traveling on the network. However, certain key factors hamper full functionality of the TEN-T core road network. We recommend that the Commission prioritises investment in the core network, enhances its monitoring arrangements and strengthens its approach to maintenance.

ECA special report pursuant to Article 287(4), second subparagraph, TFEU.