North East Cargo Link
Start date: Dec 31, 2002,
End date: Dec 2, 2006
Rail and road transports in the Northern Europe and the southern part of the Nordic Countries are presently hampered by congestion, causing traffic infarcts, high pollution, slow transport speeds and a threat to economic competitiveness. These problems are becoming more severe with the increasing traffic load.North East Cargo Link (NECL) is aiming at promoting and marketing new, speedy and safe inter modal transport system across the Mid-Nordic countries with connection from East and West. NECL is supported by and in close co-operation with private enterprises, national authorities and municipalities in Sweden, Norway and Finland and also have connections with interests in Russia and Great Britain.The main goal of the project was to study and create alternative transport solutions that reorient the mental map to include an East-West perspective in the Mid-Nordic Region. It was planned to achieve so through coordination and promotion of effective and environmentally friendly solutions for intermodal transport in the region, through influencing the long term infrastructure investment plans, through removing identified bottlenecks and limits in the transport chain. Achievements: The goal of the NECL project has been reached through launching an overall strategy for fully developed sustainable west/east transport solutions in the Mid Nordic Region (The Mid Nordic Corridor). The strategy gives suggestions of investments in the transport infrastructure in the corridor as a whole emphasizing the most severe deficiencies and missing links. The investments costs are estimated and financing solutions proposed. The immediate tangible effect of the NECL project, supported by among others Norwegian Railroad Authority, was the decision of the Norwegian Government to set aside 120 million Norwegian Crowns for upgrading of the Meråker railway. The project has also considerably improved the preconditions for an establishment of the missing ferry link for goods (and passengers) over the Gulf of Bothnia between Västernorrland and Österbotten in 2006/2007.In addition, NECL is an example of project that has established very good cooperation with Russian partners. NECL has signed the letter of co-operation with the Euro Asian Transport Union (EATU) which is a big organization sanctioned by the Russian Ministry of Transport.
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