TransBaltic – Towards an integrated transport system in the Baltic Sea Region
A STRATEGIC project CO-FINANCED BY the eu Baltic Sea Programme 2007-2013
TransBaltic, as one of few transnational projects so far, has been granted a strategic status by the authorities of the EU Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013. In that way the decision-makers acknowledged the role of TransBaltic in fostering the sustainable development of the Region, the project’s wide geographical coverage, deep focus on implementation and the strong political backup at the national level.
TransBaltic is led by Region Skåne and lasts from 1 June 2009 to 31 December 2012.
Why DO WE promote an integrated transport system IN THE BALTIC SEA REGION?
Transport performance deficiencies are regarded by the business stakeholders as one of the most prominent barriers to economic prosperity and growth in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR). As underlined in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, appropriate public policy response is needed to increase the accessibility of territories and the quality of connections, and to master the increasing flows in and across the Region.
The overall objective of TransBaltic is to provide regional level incentives for the creation of a comprehensive multimodal transport system in the BSR. This is to be achieved by means of joint transport development measures and jointly implemented business concepts.
Creating an action plan
The project wishes to address this key challenge by complementing actions taken by the national authorities within the framework of the EU Baltic Sea Strategy. The envisaged action plan will contain measures, which will address internal connectivity, interoperability and intermodality constraints of the Baltic Sea Region from the sustainable regional development perspective. The plan will also feature regional preparedness measures for the increasing intercontinental transport flows to unlock investments serving better external accessibility of the Region.
Building on existing knowledge
In that respect TransBaltic will draw inspiration from ongoing and completed initiatives of the pan-Baltic organisations. It will join forces with transport corridor projects, such as EWTC II and Scandria, by providing inspiration for their investigations and generalising their specific findings (in a form of so called BSR blueprints).
Traffic forecasts and scenarios
To provide a decision support basis for regional and national transport investments, the project intends to deliver traffic forecasts and scenarios for particular TEN-T and secondary transport corridors in the Baltic Sea Region. It will also develop guidelines, manuals and business plans for piloted transport and logistics solutions as well as feasibility studies and implementation plans.
A meeting place for public and private transport stakeholders
TransBaltic will also arrange a meeting place for public and private transport stakeholders to discuss specific harmonisation needs from the regional growth perspective.
SPECIFICATION OF expected outcomes
Action plan with infrastructure, logistics and transport capacity measures addressing pan-Baltic connectivity, interoperability and intermodality problems from the sustainable regional development perspective
Guidelines on BSR-specific transport intermodality and interoperability solutions (BSR transport blueprints) – which would test and verify EU transport and cohesion policy proposals
Traffic forecasts and scenarios for particular TEN-T and secondary transport corridors in the Baltic Sea Region – as a decision support basis for regional and national transport investments
Manual and handbook on empty freight reduction – to decrease space requirements and road/rail haulage cost in container traffic
Feasibility studies and implementation plans for dry ports and for port-bound road traffic telematics
Pre-feasibility and impact assessment studies for rail transport in selected parts of the Region
Business plans for, inter alia, the empty container management and for the ICT toolbox (a web-based tool to help business users, especially SMEs, plan optimum intermodal door-to-door solutions for the transport of cargo)
Training methodology for a competence management system in harbour logistics
A meeting place for public and private transport stakeholders to discuss specific harmonisation needs from the regional growth perspective (incl. e.g. challenges for Baltic ports, human capacity building in transport operations and implementation of a green corridor concept in the Baltic Sea Region)