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28th CfIT plenary meeting - 25-26 November 2003 (Munich visit)

Introduction

In November 2001, CfIT published "European Best Practice in Delivering Integrated Transport". This benchmarked the performance of the UK compared to our European counterparts. Munich was a case study in the report. On 25 and 26 November 2003, CfIT travelled to Munich to meet local transport representatives and to see its transport system first-hand.

CfIT Plenary Dinner with Key Transport Officials

On the evening of 25 November, CfIT hosted a formal dinner. A number of key representatives attended. The aim was to share best practice. The following German representatives attended the event:

Mr Hep Monatzeder - City of Munich
The Deputy Mayor of Munich, with responsibility for transport. Mr Monatzeder is a member of the Green Party , and has a keen interest in promoting and developing cycle routes and facilities in the Munich and its suburbs.

Dr Paul Fischer - Bavarian State Chancellery
The Bavarian State Chancellery is the central office of Bavarian Regional Government, co-ordinating the other Ministries. It is responsible for fostering international contacts with other governments and foreign visits to Bavaria.

Mr Alexander Freitag - Managing Director, Munich Transport and Tariff (MVV)
Director of Munich's transport and tariff association, bringing together the three publicly owned transport districts (State of Bavaria, City of Munich and surrounding districts).

Dr Rupert Bobinger - Managing Director, (TRANSVER GmbH)
Located in Munich, TRANSVER GmbH is a partnership of transport experts providing research and consultancy services in transport management and planning. They are responsible for the MOBINET project, which optimises traffic flows in and around Munich.

Mrs Gudrun Gmach - Bavarian Ministry for Economic Affairs, Transport and Technology
A senior official from the Bavarian Regional Government with departmental responsibility for public transport.

Mr Gilbert Peiker - Bavarian Ministry of the Interior
The regional Ministry with responsibility for the trunk road network. Gilbert Peiker previously worked in Bristol on a placement with the Highways Agency. He had been instrumental in assisting us with arrangements for the visit.

Presentations and tour of Munich's transport network

The following morning, CfIT visited the Bavarian Ministry of the Interior. Commission members were welcomed by the Permanent Secretary, Georg Schmid. Members received a series of presentations.

photo of Georg Schmid photo of Georg Schmid and David Begg

Transport delivery and political structure in Bavaria
Gudrun Gmach briefed the Commission on the Bavarian Government's aims and objectives for transport delivery in the region. The general goals of Bavarian transport policy were:

In general, responsibility for transport strategy and delivery was delegated by the German Federal Government to the Bavarian Regional Government. The Federal Government retained responsibility for Federal motorways and waterways, heavy rail infrastructure and air traffic. Most importantly, the Regional Government were empowered to make key decisions on delivery of the local passenger transport infrastructure. The regions are also able to decide on levels of capital and revenue funding for transport schemes, as well as the level of taxation to contribute.

MVV - Munich Transport and Tariff Association
Bernhard Fink briefed the Commission on the organisation, responsibilities and visions of the MVV.

The MVV (Muenchner Verkehrs und Tarifverbund) is Munich's transport association, comprising of the Free State of Bavaria, City of Munich Council and eight surrounding districts. MVV are responsible for management and provision of public transport services in and around the Munich area, covering 5500km2 and supplying transport services to 2.5 million inhabitants.

The authority offer a variety of transport facilities from the S-bahn (heavy rapid transit) through to the U-bahn (subway system), trams and local and regional buses. MVV also provide park and ride and cycle storage facilities at many rail stations on the network. Access for the disabled is a primary objective for MVV. The subway system would be totally wheelchair accessible by 2006 and the rapid transit system 81% accessible by 2010.

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S-Bahn
photo of U-Bahn
U-Bahn

photo of a Tram photo of a Bus

Mr Fink demonstrated MVV's online timetable information system (EFA). The system had proved very popular with local residents, providing real-time travel information to up to 180,000 people every day. The journey planner is freely available from the MVV website (www.mvv-muenchen.de) in multilingual format. The system was capable of delivering digital map routing for each journey planned. The EFA also took account of mobility impaired access, for example, should users be unable to manage stairs, or require low-floor vehicles.

Transport Tour
Following presentations on the organisation and delivery of transport facilities in Munich, members toured the city by public transport, travelling on the U-Bahn and tram. Members had previously travelled into the city centre by via the S-Bahn system. During the tour members visited the Osbahnhof interchange - the second largest interchange terminal in the city. S-Bahn, U-Bahn, bus and tram networks converged at the Ostbahnhof interchange terminal as well as inter-urban and international train links.

photo of Osbahnhof interchange photo of Osbahnhof interchange

Visit to the MOBINET Traffic Management Centre

The MOBINET scheme On arrival at the MOBINET traffic management centre at Munich's police headquarters, Professor Hartmut Keller briefed members the key aspects of the scheme. The MOBINET scheme aims to optimise traffic flows in and around the Munich area through the use of innovative technology. The MOBINET centre is the hub of a network connecting traffic control systems and information services.

Professor Hartmut Keller demonstrates the MOBINET management centre

Professor Hartmut Keller demonstrates the
MOBINET management centre

A key aspect of the MOBINET project is the optimisation of primary roadway traffic. This is achieved by real time information systems, accessible via internet and mobile phone. During road journeys, intelligent road signs indicate to travellers the most efficient route to travel in to the city centre.