Spatial & Transport Planning Tools

19p10 Harmony CIVITAS

HARMONY, a project funded by the Horizon 2020 EU research program, applies an holistic approach for providing innovative spatial & transport planning tools to metropolitan and regional authorities, in order to support decision-making and lead a sustainable transition to a new mobility era


The main objective of the HARMONY project is to develop a new generation of harmonised spatial and multimodal transport planning tools which comprehensively model the dynamics of the changing transport sector and spatial organisation, enabling metropolitan area authorities to lead the transition to a low carbon new mobility era in a sustainable manner. The main activities of the project are related to:

  • Designing and develop a model suite, integrating land-use models (strategic/long-term), people and freight activity based models (tactical/mid-term), and multimodal network (operational/short-term) models allowing for vertical planning.
  • Identify new mobility services, concepts and technologies for people and freight for urban, suburban, and regional transport and their business models.
  • Implementing demonstrations with electric AVs and drones for freight delivery to understand in real-life their requirements.
  • Recommending updates for spatial and transport strategies and SUMPs to deal with mobility transition to decarbonise the transport sector.
  • Applying and validating the model suite on six EU metropolitan areas: Rotterdam(NL), Oxfordshire(UK), Turin(IT), Athens(GR), Trikala(GR), Upper Silesian-Zaglebie Metropolis(PL).


The consortium, coordinated by the University College of London, consists of 21 partners. TRT is leading the activities related to spatial and transport strategies and SUMPs, and it is involved in the technical activities to design and develop the modelling suite. Furthermore, TRT experts will support the application in the metropolitan area of Turin (IT).


19p10 Harmony schema


The HARMONY Model Suite aims at enabling end-users such as planners, decision makers, researchers and transport operators/providers to couple/link independent models and analyse a portfolio of regional and urban

interventions for both passenger and freight mobility, including policies and capital investments, land-use configurations, economic and sociodemographic assumptions, travel demand management strategies and new mobility service concepts.

The  conceptual architecture of the HARMONY model suite consistently integrates new and existing sub-models with a multi-scale approach, consisting in the Strategic Level (Long-term), the Tactical Level (Mid-Term) and the Operational Level (Short-term). The Strategic Level is mainly composed of regional economic, demographic forecasting, land-use, spatial freight interaction and long-term mobility choice models. The Tactical level made of a fully agent-based passenger and freight demand model, representing passenger and freight agents’ choices. The Operational Level is representing the transport supply and demand interactions at high granularity.


harmany scheme 1


For more information

  • Social Media: Youtube channelLinkedin and Twitter
  • First newsletter with overview on the HARMONY project and first public events
  • Deliverable aiming to create a knowledge base of the future forms of mobility for passenger and freight, present the strategic, tactical and operational models that are currently developed and used, identify existing gaps and review the policy appraisal methods, the KPIs, and SUMPs guidelines that EU uses for regional spatial and transport planning. The SUMP and the planning instruments in the HARMONY metropolitan areas (Rotterdam, Oxfordshire county, Turin, Athens, Trikala and Upper Silesian-Zaglebe) are explored.
  • Paper presented at the European Transport Conference (ECT) 2020, focusing on the HARMONY project and the development of a new generation of harmonised spatial and multimodal transport planning tools

Archivio progetti

Project Description

Commissione Europea – INEA

2019 – In corso


Francesca Fermi