THE EXPENSIVE programmes and legislative initiatives made by the European Union to boost rail, shipping and combined transport, while shrinking the road transport sector, appear to be failing, according to a report TERM 2001, from the European Environment Agency.

It warns that "current trends point away from achieving the EU's recently-announced objectives of breaking the link between economic growth and growth in transport, and of returning the market shares taken by rail, maritime and inland waterway transport to 1998 levels by ...

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