The EU's TEN-T Programme will support with €400,000 the preparatory and design studies for a network of safe and secure parking areas for professional truck drivers in Campania, Calabria and Sicily. The drivers will be able to pre-book the parking and get reliable information online with the help of an integrated information service.
The studies will be carried out in two phases. The preparatory study will identify the existing parking areas with the capacity for easy upgrade and potential new sites. The design phase will work on the establishment of an intelligent information service in the parking areas, allowing the drivers to receive reliable details about the location and added services as well as pre-book a parking space.
The design study features a data communication system harmonized at European level, which complies with the European Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) criteria. It also includes CCTV surveillance systems, perimeter fencing and barriers at entries and exits, as well as fire prevention systems for a better security of the users.
The project was selected for EU funding with the assistance of external experts under the TEN-T Annual Call 2013, priority 'Road transport'. Its implementation will be monitored by INEA, the European Commission's Innovation and Networks Executive Agency.
The project is to be completed by December 2015.
The TEN-T Programme was established by the European Commission to support the construction and upgrade of transport infrastructure across the European Union.
The INEA is managing the technical and financial implementation of the TEN-T programme.