Key results of NICHES+ now available!

The NICHES+ project recently published its key-deliverables:

12 full guidelines for implementers for all NICHES+ innovative concepts
the NICHES+ summary brochure in five languages
the NICHES+ policy and research recommendations
the NICHES+ Study Tour Catalogue.

The research and policy recommendations are available in an easy to read format:

Recommendations for Innovative Concepts to Enhance Accessibility
Recommendations for Efficient use of infrastructures and interchanges
Recommendations for Traffic Management Centres
Recommendations for Space-efficient and Automated Vehicles


The mission of NICHES+ is to promote innovative measures for making urban transport more efficient and sustainable and to move them from their current "niche" position into a mainstream urban transport application.

The project looks into the details of 12 innovative measures, structured in 4 thematic areas:


Innovative concepts to enhance accessibility

Travel training for public transport 
Neighbourhood accessibility planning
Tailored traveller information for users with reduced mobility

Concepts for Efficient Planning and Use of Infrastructure and Interchanges

Passenger friendly intermodal interchanges
Innovative cycling facilities for intermodal interchanges
Infrastructure for innovative bus systems

Traffic Management Centres

Financing and implementing traffic management centres
Mobile travel information services for the public
Using environmental pollution data in traffic management

Automated and Space Efficient Transport Systems

Group Rapid Transit
Personal Rapid Transit
Using electric vehicels in city car share schemes


NICHES+ builds further on the NICHES project, and is funded by the DG Research under the 7FP. It will run from May 2008 until April 2011.

NICHES+ will involve 7 champion cities in the implementation of innovative concepts.

The NICHES+ consortium consists of EUROCITIES, Newcastle University, Transman, TRG and Rupprecht Consult. The project is coordinated by Polis.

The NICHES+ final conference, 7 April, London: presentations now available!

The NICHES+ final conference – organised in cooperation with the London European Partnership For Transport (LEPT) - offered a unique opportunity for urban transport practitioners and policy makers from all over Europe to learn more about innovative approaches in urban transport accessibility, infrastructure and interchanges, traffic management centres and automated vehicles.

The programme will combined expert presentations with testimonials from NICHES+ champion cities, plenary debates, technical displays and unique technical displays and site visit opportunities.

The final conference also celebrated the winners of the second edition of the OSMOSE awards, which aimed to reward local authorities that have introduced innovative and daring measures to meet the urban transport challenges they are facing in a sustainable and effective way.


Click here to have access to the presentations.

Watch the movie about the final conference here!

NICHES+ congratulates the OSMOSE awards winners

Essex, Madrid, Aalborg, San Sebastian and Barcelona honoured with the OSMOSE Award for their Traffic Innovations

The OSMOSE Awards honour local and regional authorities that have shown the courage to introduce innovative and daring measures in order to meet today’s challenges in urban transport in a sustainable and effective way. The awards particularly look at the most promising new initiatives, which today still occupy a ‘niche’ position but clearly have the potential to become a ‘mainstream’ urban transport policy application in the future.

The second edition of the OSMOSE Awards was presented in five categories:

1. Innovative Concepts to Enhance Accessibility - Essex

2. Efficient Planning and Use of Infrastructure and Interchanges - Madrid

3. Traffic Management Centres - Aalborg

4. Automated and Space-Efficient Transport - San Sebastian 

5. Integrated Approach on Urban Transport Innovation - Barcelona


The Jury paid particular attention to the applications’ innovation degree, their complementarity and integration with other (transport) measures or within an overall transport strategy, their policy relevance, the size of the target group, their mainstream potential and (expected) impacts.

Please read the full press release here.

What's new?

NICHES+ national seminar in Cork: 23 March

Programme and registration form available


NICHES+ seminar in Warsaw, 17 March

Register now!


NICHES+ 5th Newsletter available


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