zoom The European Commission yesterday appointed European coordinators for each of the nine core network corridors of the trans-European transport network (or TEN-T), as well as for the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) and for Motorways of the Sea.The core TEN-T transport network creates two North–South corridors, three East–West corridors; and four diagonal corridors. The core network will transform East–West connections, remove bottlenecks, upgrade infrastructure and streamline cross-border transport operations for passengers and businesses throughout the EU. It will improve connections between different modes of transport and contribute to the EU’s climate change objectives. The coordinators will be responsible for coordinating priority transport projects and reporting back to the Commission.Vice-President Siim Kallas said: “The appointment of these coordinators marks further progress in implementing the core TEN-T network. Their role will be essential to make the corridors a success and start a new era of participation. The new EU transport infrastructure is off to a good start.”Most of the coordinators have already gained wide experience of EU transport policy implementation over the last eight years working on the TEN-T priority projects:Pavel Telička (North Sea–Baltic corridor)Pat Cox (Scandinavian–Mediterranean corridor)Carlo Secchi (Atlantic Corridor),Péter Balázs (North Sea–Mediterranean corridor)Laurens Jan Brinkhorst (Mediterranean corridor)Karel Vinck (ERTMS)Karla Peijs (Rhine–Danube corridor)These coordinators have been reappointed for a period of four years.There are also four new coordinators who will bring wide political experience to the tasks ahead:Former Spanish Foreign Minister Ana de Palacio will be responsible for the Rhine–Alpine corridorFormer German Minister for Transport Kurt Bodewig takes on the Baltic–Adriatic corridor.MEP Brian Simpson (Motorways of the Sea)MEP Mathieu Grosch (Orient/East–Med corridor)These four coordinators are experienced transport politicians and will take up their duty as TEN-T Coordinators in July 2014 after the current European Parliament mandate ends.The new coordinators will now enter into contact with Member States authorities and ministers to discuss the framework for cooperation and implementation of their mandates.The Member States and the European Parliament have been fully involved in the process of nominating the coordinators.EU Commission, March 13, 2014; Image: ESPO
Foul play is not suspected after a man was found dead beside a road near Langton on the weekend.Norfolk OPP were notified of an unresponsive male beside North Walsingham Road 11 around 3:30 p.m. Saturday.Police have not released the name of the deceased, who was said to be 60 years old.Boat collision near Turkey PointA Maple man was charged this weekend after a personal watercraft collided with a pontoon boat near Turkey Point.The incident was brought to the attention of police around 6:15 p.m. Sunday.Norfolk OPP say the 45-year-old operator of the watercraft approached the boat, which was carrying family members. The man hit the side of the pontoon boat with the watercraft. He was treated in hospital for minor injuries.The accused has been charged with operating a vessel in a careless manner, without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other persons contrary to the Canada Shipping Act.Helmet saves boy’s lifeAn 11-year-old boy from Hamilton was learning to ride a dirt bike along Charlotteville Road 1, Charlotteville, on July 21.The Hamilton boy veered off the trail and ended up on the roadway where a vehicle collided with the back of the bike.The boy was ejected from the bike and landed on the hood and windshield of the vehicle, sliding off and ending up of the roadway.He was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries.The 76-year-old male driver of the vehicle did not suffer any injuries. In the Norfolk OPP news release, police said the fact the boy was wearing a helmet prevented his injuries from being more serious.The investigation continues.Unlocked vehicle with keys stolen In the early morning hours of Friday an unlocked vehicle was removed from Hillcrest Avenue in Simcoe.The stolen vehicle is described as a black coloured, 2007, Pontiac G6 with a hockey mom sticker in the rear window.Police report the vehicle was left unlocked with the keys inside.If anyone has any information regarding this incident, they are being asked to contact the Norfolk County OPP Detachment at 1-888-310-1122.