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Transport and planning have long been disassociated yet are intricately linked elements in spatial planning. For a long time, urban development preceded the development of transport networks. To catch up with urban sprawl, roads, motorways and urban routes were built wherever space remained, which has led to some areas becoming hemmed in between. Urban link roads were then created to allow rapid transport from one town to another but often to the detriment of those living in these areas. Transport could therefore never catch up with and resolve the problem of urban development. Complementary solutions have since been found. Trams, for example, provide an opportunity for rebuilding the roads they use and changing traditional urban layouts. In France, examination of town planning is developing through planning documents (SCoT, PLU) and transport policy that forms part of urban transportation plans (PDU).

Latest documents available online

  • The contemporary station

    (2009)
  • STUDY : Fabienne Keller, a member of the French Senate for the Bas-Rhin region, was asked by the Prime Minister to examine French railway stations. Her report, with contributions from Jean-Michel Vincent, Director of Strategy and Sustainable Development at the DREIF, was submitted to the Prime Minister on 10 March 2009. ...Read more