Gdynia-Karlskrona MoS in the TEN-T Baltic Adriatic Corridor

 

The  conference „Gdynia Motorway – Karlskrona in the context of extension of the TEN-T Baltic Sea Network Corridor Corridor” was held on June 11 this year in Gdynia. The conference was attended by: Brian Simpson – EU Coordinator for Motorways of the Sea, Prof. Kurt Bodewig – EU Coordinator for the TEN-T Baltic Adriatic Corridor and Ryszard Świlski, President of the Association of Polish. Representatives of the European Commission were informed about the development of short sea shipping in the Gdynia-Karlskrona route and the Gdynia transport system and the metropolitan area Gdańsk-Gdynia-Sopot.

The Baltic-Adriatic transport corridor is one of the nine main transport corridors of the TEN-T network, 2 400 km long, connecting Baltic Europe with the Adriatic Region. Its primary goal is to strengthen the strategic connections of countries and regions on the North-South axis by improving their transport accessibility, intensifying transport and promoting new directions of movement of people and goods. The corridor runs from the Baltic Sea to the Adriatic ports. The Baltic-Adriatic Corridor connects Pomerania, the industrialized regions of southern Poland (Upper Silesia), Vienna, Bratislava and the Eastern Alps region, all the way to the northern ports of the Adriatic (https://ec.europa.eu/transport).

In Gdynia, a Polish-Swedish agreement was signed for the efforts to extend the transport corridor from the Port of Gdynia to the Swedish transport node Alvesta as part of the Baltic Adriatic corridor. The  great potential that exists between Gdynia and Karlskrona was pointed out by Patrik Hansson, president of Karlskrona and president of the Baltic Link Association. In Gdynia there is an intensive investment movement that improves access to the port from the land. Investment projects are also being carried out within the port – says Marek Stępa, vice president of Gdynia.

Approx. 550 projects. 21 of them will be implemented in Gdynia in the area of the Baltic-Ariatic corridor until 2030. The value of these investments is approximately EUR 3 billion. In Gdynia, these projects will include, among others, connection of the city center with the northern districts, improvement of railway accessibility to the Port of Gdynia, modernization of the Kwiatkowski Estacade, construction of Via Maris and the northern section of the Tricity Beltway (OPAT), and construction of a new ferry terminal. Investments  made within the framework of the Baltic-Adriatic Corridor are necessary for the development of the port, emphasized Adam Meller, president of the Maritime Port of Gdynia.

Motorways of the Sea (MoS) is the maritime pillar of the TEN-T. It consists of short-sea routes, ports, associated maritime infrastructures, equipment, facilities and relevant administrative formalities. MoS contributes towards the achievement of a European Maritime Transport Space without barriers, connecting Core Network Corridors by integrating maritime links with hinterland. In doing so, it aims at providing more efficient, commercially viable and sustainable alternatives to road-only transport (https://ec.europa.eu/transport).

Christian Mattisson, the chairwoman of the Blekinge Region Council during the study visit to Gdynia, said: „I hope that further talks between the Polish and Swedish government will take place on the extension of the Baltic-Adriatic Corridor so that it reaches through Karlskrona to Göteborg. The second day of the study visit of the EU Commissioners is planned in Karlskrona and the Alveace. Photo: Marek Grzybowski

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