North Sea Baltic Connector of Regions
The NSB CoRe project
aims to improve the sustainable accessibility of the Eastern Baltic Sea Region
(EBSR) to freight and passenger transport.
The project will contribute to the
EU TEN-T Transport Infrastructure Policy, that connects the continent between
East and West, North and South, by taking its implementation to the regional and
local level connecting the TEN-T core network corridor (CNC) of North Sea
Baltic to its catchment area and access routes in EBSR.
The project will
implement the TEN-T Policy from a regional development perspective and bring
the needs of peripheral regions to the CNC context.
activities consist of logistics, long distance commuter services, transnational
community building and transport branding.
In logistics the project underlines
the importance to link the input from transport operators and the business
sector to the improvement of interoperability and proposes their view on
measures needed to remove bottlenecks in border crossing areas.
distance commuting the project underlines the need to synchronize long distance
transport to urban transport systems. This includes both infrastructure and ITS
solutions that are developed on selected major commuting corridors. In ITS, the
project operates as a platform for transnational applications to locally
The outputs will contribute to interoperability by bringing the transport operators’ viewpoint and ITS solutions into logistics and passenger transport development on a transnational level. In policymaking, the project brings a transnational perspective into spatial planning in transport, as these are often carried out in little synchronization between countries.
produces a joint transnational vision of regional development with
recommendations for policymakers in passenger and freight transport. The vision
connects the second level nodes and access routes to CNC and improves the
position of cross border areas. The role of urban nodes remains crucial as
service points between CNC and remote areas.
In branding, the project uses the
mega project of Rail Baltica as a case. The case highlights the political
decision making process of the infrastructure project and stakeholders’
relations as a multilevel governance structure.
The data of the Rail Baltica
case is used to build a branding model for Rail Baltica among its stakeholders.
The case data is also used to increase awareness of the future rail service as
part of a multimodal transport system among potential passengers and business users.
is part of the implementation of the NSB CNC work plan via the Corridor Forum
in which Member States, infrastructure managers and regions communicate with
the European Commission and European Coordinator.
The project operates as the transnational cooperation platform in spatial and transport planning and communicates the outputs of grass root level activities to policymakers on regional, national and EU levels. The activity of transnational roundtable meetings brings the project's outputs to wider distribution among policymakers, transport operators and users.