The EasyWay Projects phase I (2007-2009 ) and phase II (2010-2012) have been co-funded by the European Commission and are part of the EasyWay Global Programme 2007-2020.
EasyWay I and II are Projects for deployment of Europe‐wide ITS systems and services on TEN‐T road network and its interfaces with urban areas and other modes of transport.
Both EasyWay I and II Projects were driven by the national road authorities of the majority of the EU Member States (EWI 21 and EWII 22, plus 3 other European Countries), along with public and private road operators and associated partners working in close cooperation with other key stakeholders.
EasyWay I and II’s main strength was the provision of an "unique" European Platform bringing together Ministries, Road Authorities and Road Operators (Public and Private) across Europe and fosters close cooperation among key stakeholders, allowing them to exchange “know how” (including best practices) and to elaborate on common "deployment guidelines" ensuring harmonized ITS deployment whilst directly supporting the European Transport policies.
European financial support strengthens international cooperation, the support received to date has led to significant achievements clearly demonstrating the large European Added Value of EasyWay I and II Projects.
The main objectives of EasyWay I and II were to improve safety, to reduce congestion and to reduce environmental impacts through the coordinated deployment of real‐time information and traffic management services, supporting the creation of a seamless European transport system through coordinated ITS deployment.
EasyWay I and II projects have contributed directly and significantly to the overall objective of improving the quality of life: safety (the reduction of fatalities and injuries), mobility (the reduction of economical damages due to delays and reduced accessibility) and mitigation of climate changes (the reduction of environmental damages).
The EasyWay I and II projects main objectives were based on a set of the Programme priorities, accounting for different strategic levels, as accounted for in the design of the EasyWay Global Programme with respect to the content and the organization:
- Contribution to European and National mobility and transport policies through ITS implementation, namely to improve safety and mobility and reduce environmental impact from road transport by deploying and endorsing Europe‐wide ITS services. This top priority guided the EasyWay Consortium in its selection of priority services (EasyWay Core European ITS Services) and definition of priority elements of the road network.
- Contribution to the creation of a seamless transport system through fostering deployment of services designed for cross‐border continuity and facilitating extensive harmonization.
- Prioritization of ITS services and their deployment, for ITS users (travellers and hauliers), as well as network operators, based on EasyWay´s identification of Core European ITS Services, and priority domains and actions set in accordance with the EC ITS‐Directive (Directive 2010/40/EC) and the EC ITS Action Plan (COMM(2008)886). In addition, EasyWay Projects provided tools (Operating Environments) to identify the most relevant geographical areas for ITS services related to safety, security, congestion, and continuity of service needs.
- Fostering innovation and enabling future ITS development through the establishment of horizontal activities, like European pilot implementations, viability studies, execution of joint development activities (e.g. DATEX II) and promoting high‐level discussions within the EasyWay organization and with external stakeholders on current (e.g. Deployment Guidelines) and future (e.g. Cooperative Systems Task Force) requirements for harmonized transport systems.
The core objective of EasyWay phases I and II were to deploy Europe‐wide ITS Core Services for the benefit of the road users. By doing so, the Projects supported the transport policy goals concerning road safety, environmental impact from transport and mobility.
In both EasyWay Project phases were settled clear targets, identifying the set of necessary ITS European Core Services to deploy: Travelers Information Services, Traffic Management Services and Freight and Logistic Services; at the same time EasyWay phases I and II have represented an efficient and unique platform that allows the European mobility stakeholders to achieve a coordinated and combined deployment of these pan-European services.
From the deployment organization and management point of view, EasyWay I and II Projects have been developed by the members of the Euro-Regional projects in order to continue the successful collaborative work undertaken as part of the TEMPO Programme, lasting from 2001 to 2006. EasyWay I and II have incorporated the eight Euro-Regions (see picture 1), facilitating the integration of new Member States and new areas such as the Baltic countries, Greece and Southern Italy. That reinforced the co-operation between the existing participating Countries by providing a new integrated framework with clear objectives and reporting methods.
The EasyWay Global Programme overarching objectives which we hope to achieve by 2020 are as follows:
- 25% improvement in road safety by 2020;
- 25% decrease in congestion, facilitate travel and mobility of people and goods by 2020; and
- 10% reduction in the impact on the Environment by 2020
The EasyWay II Project ended in December 2012.