The socio-economic importance of roads to society

Road transport fulfils a major role in the European economy and society, involving a wide range of industries and services, which together, contribute to 11.5% of GDP and a substantial proportion of fiscal income.

With EUR 2,290 bn turnover generated and a 5% of the total employment in EU 25, the road sector is an efficient and growing part of Europe's economy. Indeed, long-term economic growth is closely linked to the infrastructures choice and to the capacity to implement a viable, fair and sustainable mobility.

Roads also contribute efficiently to social integration by reducing the geographical handicap of periphery economies and bringing European citizens closer together. Today, roads represent 77% of inland freight transport in EU 25 and 85% of the passengers are carried over roads in EU 25, which makes it the predominant choice of mode for personal mobility (vs. 6% by rail).

 

" The ERF firmly believes that roads are an undeniable source of socio-economic welfare and will continue playing a dominant role in the transport of goods and people well into the XXIst century. The ERF calls for a "new deal" in European transport policy that reflects the contribution of roads to our lives and allows transport modes to compete under fair conditions. "


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