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The main problem addressed by POLY5 is the impoverishment and marginalization that the presence of a Major Transport Infrastructure (MTI) can cause to peripheral alpine areas. This might affect negatively a balanced and polycentric development of the territorial structure.

POLY5 adopts a methodological path to define a common transnational approach able to guide institutions in managing the overall life-cycle  of a MTI: design of the infrastructural project, implementation during its building and management, once the infrastructure is functioning.

The expected final result is the transfer to policy makers of tools and methods in order to implement transnational policies for the management of Major Transport Infrastructure (MTI) life-cycle in alpine areas. Policies targeted are at different levels: EU, national regional, local and executive level (MTI construction industries).

The work plan proposed by POLY5 is structured in Work Packages (WP), each of them under the responsibility of one project partner.


WP 1 “Project preparation” and WP 2 “Project management” – Responsible partner: Provincia di Torino

Refer more specifically to the project dossier life. They foresee activities able to ensure an effective project implementation, as far as financial issues, project partners relationships and due respect of the timetable proposed.

WP 3 “Information and Publicity” – Responsible partner: Provincia di Torino

This WP is a transversal activity throughout the project life as it represents the means to make project results and achievements visible outside the partnership.

WP actions are tailored on project activities and are complementary to other WPs

The main aim of the POLY5 communication strategy is the raising awareness on the importance of a Major Transport Infrastructure (MTI) and the positive impact it can have on local communities of the Alpine Space: thanks to transnational cooperation, the challenge is to change the opinion and behaviour among stakeholders and larger public, who usually perceive MTIs just as necessary, or negative.

A detailed communication plan support project activities implementation with a wide range of communication and dissemination tools, from project events to seminars for target groups, from traditional communication to web and social communication, from media work to layman’s information products

WP 4 “Contexts, scenarios, visions” – Responsible partner: University of Udine, Department for Civil Engineering and Architecture

WP 4 aims at the elaboration of an integrated model for MTI planning and implementation in the alpine areas. This model implies:

  • a common approach to the knowledge of the risks and values of alpine areas;
  • the elaboration of polycentric scenarios for the reduction of the adverse effects of a MTI realization;
  • the elaboration of a visioning approach to integrate MTI planning with the desirable (national, regional, local) polycentric scenarios.

This WP is preliminary the basis for the following ones.

WP 5 “PolycentricDevelopmentToolkit” - Responsible partner: Provincia di Torino

WP 5 defines tools and methodologies to improve the quality of planning, design and implementation of Major Transport Infrastructure (MTI) in alpine areas. Actions are tailored to provide innovative transnational solutions to common problems, which affect mountain areas at risk of marginalization because of the passage of a MTI, providing instead development opportunities in a balanced and polycentric perspective.

Actions are developed on the basis of WP 4 results, notably on the strategic vision. The toolkit developed in this WP provides the basis for project partners pilot actions of WP 6.

WP 6 “Pilot actions” - Responsible partner: Regione Veneto

WP 6 proposes pilot actions focused on the testing of the toolkit for local polycentric development defined in WP 5.

Pilot action 1 - Support to local economy (SMEs)

In particular this action aims at supporting local SMEs in adapting themselves to the presence of the building site of the Lyon-Turin high speed railway. The objective is to help them to be prepared and be able to participate to tenders and opportunities generated by the MTI work, within the total respect of national and European regulation on transparency and competitiveness.

This action will move also from the already existing data stemming from the French “Demarche Grand Chantier” analysis made in 2009/2010 providing detailed data in the working site employment needs.

Pilot action 2 - Accommodation of

This action aims at value the local resources available on the territories to host the people employed in the building site, matching them with the endogenous need of the same territories (accommodation of population and tourists).

This means applying the studies and surveys made within the “Demarche Grand Chantier” done between 2006 and 2010. These studies have generated recommendations for different solutions for accommodation of workers on the territories involved. The pilot action consists in implementing the pre-operative phase (negotiations, financial setting, definition of an operative plan to support the urban settings) to value mobilization of vacant and furnished lodging.

Pilot action 3 - Exploitation of the materials produced by the building site

The action proposes a general reflection on the enhancement of economic and environmental value of these materials, in order to generate a benefit for the entire territory involved, beyond of what strictly foreseen by the regulations of contracting authorities in charge of building the infrastructure.

Pilot action 4 – Sustainable mobility paradigm and tools of mobility management

The pilot case in the Ljubljana Urban Region deals with providing opportunities for accessibility at the fringes of the metropolitan region of Ljubljana, based on the sustainable mobility paradigm and employing in particular the tools of mobility management. The existing situation needs to be evaluated, and specific measures need to be developed. The pilot case will upgrade on the existing projects and tools, supporting mobility management measures, which are in use or being developed in the Ljubljana Urban Region.  The pilot project will evaluate the options of mobility management measures such as car-pooling at the regional level and develop a set of actions to boost its usage. These will include for instance upgrade of the web portal, promotional activities, awareness raising activities.

Pilot action 5 – Designed toolkit test and feasibility study

The Pilot Action will be focused on the Province of Venice particularly interested by the passage of the Corridor V – High Speed Track Venice – Trieste and it will consist of two phases: the first one will test the specifically designed toolkit (produced within WP5) that aims at helping local decision makers in choosing the best solution to mitigate and compensate the environmental impacts of the infrastructure on their territory.

This test will be reasonably represented by a sort of consultation with the relevant stakeholders of the area crossed by the infrastructure and it will allow to build up a button-up approach in order to give the right priorities to the different potential impacts and to the suggested mitigating solutions.

Together with the help of the database collected with the survey done within the previous WPs, one or more special areas of interests will be focused within the Province of Venice in order to conduct a more detailed study of the potential solutions individuated in terms of cost-benefits analysis.

This breakdown (as the second stage of the PA) will then consists in a feasibility study checking the validity of the choice/choices emerged from the test perspective with different approach of investigation from several point of view (economic, social, environmental …) also with the help of some specific analysis giving special evidences of the general profitability of the solution individuated.

The documents and information that are going to be used to build up the approach to the development of the PA are going to be collected within the first phases of the project and in particular within the WP4 and WP5.

These documents will then be available during the future steps of the project, where also a more detailed explanation of the PA will be possible.

Pilot action 6 – Airport intermodal hub

The PA will be structured to focus on FVG airport intermodal hub and in particular to check the type of flows (permanent or not) of people. With this work we will propose solutions to give an answer to the actual main topics. The work will be done from the perspective of recovery / adaptation of existing infrastructure, and implementation of environmental sustainable transport modes. Moreover the study will be focused on the interaction between the Corridor 5 (project 6) and the local transport nets across the cross border area.

Pilot action 7 – Tutoring and support of local economies

Tutoring and support of local economies (SMEs in particular) for catching opportunities made available y the Lyon-Turin project whilst not suffering the risks linked to the competitiveness of big enterprises who might be interested in same opportunities. This means, first of all, quantifying and qualifying local SMEs and workforce (professionals, unemployed, qualified…). This will be done through the involvement of stakeholders such as representative association, chamber of commerce, employment services, universities, schools and IVT centers. On the basis of these surveys it will be possible to set a program of tutoring and orientation.  In the meanwhile, contracting authorities will provide indication on how to unpack project activities in order to make them affordable to local SMEs. The action will benefit from the previous experience undertaken in France and in particular form PP5.

Pilot action 8 - Tourist, hospitality and accommodation economic sector linked to the presence of workers of the building site

Study on the potentiality of tourist, hospitality and accommodation economic sector linked to the presence of workers of the building site of the Lyon-Turin railway and its future perspectives. This action involves contracting authorities through the provision of data on the workforce needed in each lot of the building phase. Moreover it will be needed to quantify and qualify lodging availabilities and accommodation solutions, both touristic and residential. The action will benefit from the previous experience undertaken in France and in particular form PP5.

Pilot action 9 – Exploitation of extracted material

Exploitation of extracted material produced by the building site of Lyon-Turin. Val di Susa could be used as a testing area, as it is the site where major works will take place. The action implies a knowledge base on the real quantity of material extracted, the composition of the material (in %) and how it will be used (e.g. re-used in the building site, needs of the private sector – demand of material on the market – use for local environmental works…)

Pilot action 10 – the intermodal node of “MMP Vrtojba”

Pilot action will be focused on the intermodal node of “MMP Vrtojba” and its position within the local MTI area. The status of local economy and economic (freight) flows of the area will be analyzed. On the basis of this analysis the main objective will be “MMP Vrtojba” possible contribution to the local economy as its intermodal freight bond with the other parts of Europe and  abroad, in order to prevent the marginalization of the parts of area (economy) outside the main MTI. In order to fulfill this goal the actions of the implementation of possible new infrastructures, recovery/adaption of existing infrastructures and of sustainable transport modalities will be checked.

It is an experimentation of the methodological pattern on some pilot areas in order to verify the effectiveness of the toolkit with reference to the whole cycle of the infrastructure planning and implementation.

Each partner will contribute with a specific pilot action to test the development toolkit.

WP 7 “TransnationalToolkit Transfer” - Responsible partner: Technische Universität Wien

WP 7 promotes vertical and horizontal coordination processes of territorial entities, designing and activating local initiatives and projects coherent with the shared common vision of polycentric development. It also proposes an evaluation on the compliance of the policies of each member state with the European strategic vision and scenarios.

Shared guidelines for territorial scenarios and visions are aimed at the enhancement of the infrastructural policies.