Innovation policies for space and oceans (IPSO)

Strategic Transport Infrastructure Needs to 2030





Pages: 248
Published: March 2012
ISBN 978-92-64-16862-6


This publication explores the long-term opportunities and challenges facing major gateway and transport hub infrastructures – ports, airports and major rail corridors – in the coming decades. It uses projections and scenarios to assess the broader economic outlook and future infrastructure requirements, and examines the options for financing these, not least against the backdrop of the economic recession and financial crisis which have significantly modified the risks and potential rewards associated with major infrastructure projects. Building on numerous in-depth case studies from Europe, North America and Asia, the book offers insights into the economic prospects for these key facilities and identifies policy options for improved gateway and corridor infrastructure in the future.

Table of contents


Executive summary


Part I: The traffic growth challenge

  • Chapter 1. The global and regional outlook for the economy, trade and transport
  • Chapter 2. Global infrastructure needs to 2030

Part II: Opportunities and challenges for strategic transport infrastructure

  • Chapter 3. Strategic transport infrastructure case studies
  • Chapter 4. Strategic transport infrastructure in other key economies
  • Chapter 5. Key issues emerging from the case studies

Part III: Meeting the challenge: Possibilities for gateway management, funding, finance and planning

  • Chapter 6. Gateway structures and organisation
  • Chapter 7. Infrastructure funding: Gateways and inland links
  • Chapter 8. Infrastructure financing: Private sector involvement
  • Chapter 9. Strategic planning and contributions to green growth
  • Chapter 10. Improving evaluation processes
  • Chapter 11. Developing national policy frameworks


  • Annex A. Steering group members
  • Annex B. Airport infrastructure needs to 2030: Background to global estimates
  • Annex C. Port infrastructure needs to 2030: Background to global estimates
  • Annex D. Rail infrastructure needs to 2030: Background to global estimates
  • Annex E. Oil and gas transport and distribution infrastructure needs to 2030: Global estimates