TRANSFORuM was a two year pan-European consortium project, that brought together 11 leading research institutions (representing several leading universities as well as independent research institutes and think-tanks) from 9 EU countries (Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Poland, Sweden and the UK). The collaborative project provided a fresh approach to implementing four key goals from the European 2011 Transport White Paper. The project was a Coordination and Support Action within the Transport theme under the Seventh Framework Program (FP7). TRANSFORuM began in February 2013 and ran until January 2015 with total funding of 1.5 Million Euros. The coordinator of TRANSFORuM was Rupprecht Consult, from Cologne, Germany.
TRANSFORuM built a discussion forum which brought together leading stakeholders and relevant actors to explore each of the goal themes - urban mobility, high speed rail, information and technology systems in transport and long-distance freight - focusing attention on research and innovation that will deliver against the policy objectives laid down in the 2011 White Paper.
TRANSFORuM continues to provide a platform for stakeholders of all areas of the European Transport sector to understand what progress is being made towards the achievement of these goals and to develop common views and strategies on how these goals can be implemented in the coming years. Our underlying assumptions have been that policy making should be based on an in-depth understanding of all stakeholders' positions and that co-ordinated action is more effective than solo attempts.
TSU led the work package "Transformation is possible", which gathered information demonstrating where action has been taken that would deliver against the White Paper goals. This research was used by TSU to develop case studies to inform the thematic working groups of the discussion forum and subsequently fed into and informed the development of 4 roadmaps for the future direction of EU transport policy and a long term strategic outlook. All of these reports are available to download on the TRANSFORuM website.
Professor David Banister was a member of the project's advisory board and TSU's research was led by Dr Karen Anderton.