Feasibility of integrated transport network model in Lithuania


Availability of up-to-date and detailed spatial data on transport networks is very important for sustainable development. As Directive 2007/2/EC of 14 March 2007 establishing an Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE) targets transport networks data as one of the first priority data themes to be harmonized across Europe, the specification for transport network dataset has been developed and adopted as guidance document for all Member States. The specification provides a common model for road, rail, air, water and cable transport networks and related infrastructure. Integrated transport network database can be used for routing of vehicles, taking into account all limitations of the road network, for transport planning, emergency services. In order to achieve the benefits related to common use of up-to-date information and to interoperable data for these tasks, all transport network elements must be accurately mapped in a consistent logical network. Unfortunately, in Lithuania there is no single continuous and extensive spatial data set (geographic database) of transport networks. The authors analysed the possibilities of building joint INSPIRE databases from different transport datasets, and indicated the best data sources for road and railway transport, as well as actions of improvement have to be taken. The research and successful experiment has showed that the more extensive INSPIRE transport data model can be implemented using ArcGIS data model. This concept and the model will serve as an important prop for development of policy of national and transboundary spatial data integration in countries with similar situation. INSPIRE implementation guidelines are compatible with national interest and must be followed, but technical feasibility and cost-benefit considerations must be taken into account.

First Published Online: 16 Dec 2014

Keyword : transport network model, harmonisation, roads, geographic data, INSPIRE

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Papšienė, L., Balčiūnas, A., Beconytė, G., Motiejauskas, D., Romanovas, D., Aksamitauskas, V. Č., & Papšys, K. (2014). Feasibility of integrated transport network model in Lithuania. Transport, 29(4), 346–354.
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