Good transport infrastructure and the means for smooth operations are key issues when aiming for stronger European and global integration. A key element of the reinforcement of economic and social cohesion in Europe is the interconnection and interoperability of national networks as well as access to these networks. Today there are two main international road network systems in Europe: the E-road network and the TEN-T road network. These networks differ from each other in a number of respects. Among other things, this paper briefly presents the main features of the two networks. Several parties have expressed the desire for better order in this regard, i.e. for one single road classification system at European level.
This report was drafted by CEDR’s PG Planning in order to launch a discussion within CEDR about the definition of a single European road network. It is hoped that this paper will lead to a dialogue between CEDR, EC/DG-TREN, and the UNECE with a view to creating a harmonised road network concept that would be acceptable to all parties and on which network performance reports could be compiled on a regular basis.