Start date: May 31, 2006,
End date: Apr 29, 2008
Besides east/west connections and transport corridors, the enlarged EU also needs an improvement in the transport routes connecting the Mediterranean and Baltic countries. The Adriatic-Baltic land bridge project will conduct a pre-feasibility analysis and develop a deployment roadmap for north/south intermodal transport connections which link Europe and the Mediterranean countries with global markets. The multi-sector partnership, consisting of actors from regional administrations, ports, ministries of transport, transnational associations, operators, and other multi-sector specialists from six participating countries (Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland) will conduct a bottom-up assessment of the land bridge corridors and an identification of potential market opportunities. Expected Results: By means of improving transport infrastructure between the Adriatic and Baltic Seas, the project aims to improve service levels for freight transport users, including regional and national industries, businesses and global forwarders. The expected modal shift towards rail, inland waterways and shipping will benefit the environment and particularly populations now negatively affected by road freight traffic and lack of access to transport and markets. The results of this analysis will provide regions, ports and operators with the opportunity to adjust the production of innovative transport services and create an attraction of flows and growth of the local economies. Moreover, the project should articulate and consolidate a transnational spatial and transport development vision. It should facilitate the integration of national and regional transport systems into the pan-European networks. Finally, the Adriatic-Baltic Landbridge should lead to the development of strategic plans for public-private partnerships along the landbridge routes.
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