02 November 2021
At today's General Assembly of the Scandria®Alliance in Berlin, the representatives of the cities and regions agreed to cooperate even more closely. The Scandria®Alliance aims to further consolidate the geographical corridor between Scandinavia and the Adriatic as a regional development and transport axis. Guido Beermann, Chairman of the General Assembly and Minister of Transport of Brandenburg, emphasised the role of cross-border rail transport and promoted the expansion of European rail infrastructure for sustainable regional growth and climate protection.
Minister Guido Beermann: "Particularly for the Berlin-Brandenburg capital region as the intersection of the three core network corridors Scandinavian-Mediterranean, North Sea-Baltic and Orient/East-Med, the Scandria®Alliance has great economic and transport policy significance. Together, we now have the chance to make the Scandria®Corridor an example for climate-friendly transport development in Europe. In view of the ambitious European and national climate targets, cross-border rail transport plays an important role here. To consolidate it, the members of the Scandria®Alliance want to work together even more intensively within the framework of their strategic partnership and together unlock the potential of rail as a sustainable, innovative and safe means of transport."
Minister Beermann welcomed the two regions Emilia-Romagna (Italy) in the south and the cross-border region Kvarken Council (Sweden-Finland) in the north as new members of the Scandria®Alliance. In addition, five associate members have joined the Scandria®Alliance: Logistics Initiative Hamburg, Port of Hamburg Marketing, the Chambers of Commerce of the Veneto region, the European Network of Logistics Competence Centres (OpenENLoCC) and the Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau.
In view of the current European Year of Rail 2021, the members at the General Assembly expressed their support for the European Commission's plans to set up an action plan to promote international long-distance passenger rail transport and pledged their cooperation in the initiative.
In their vision, the members of the Scandria®Alliance formulated the following joint objectives:
High-quality transport services for cross-border commuters
In future, cross-border commuters shall have access to well-timed and high-quality transport services by rail both for long and short distances. This means expanding the railway infrastructure, accelerating the planning processes and ensuring the funding.
Attractive night train connections
More frequent night train connections are to be established between the urban hubs of the Scandria®Corridor.
Integrated timetables and ticketing systems
Integrated timetables and ticketing systems are needed to make rail travel easier across borders. An important step towards this objective is the German initiative "Europatakt” that promotes coordinated timetables across Europe.
Efficient intermodal connections
Efficient intermodal connections are to be created to further improve linkage of the individual modes of transport such as ferries, long-distance flights and local public transport with the railway and thus make them even more attractive for passengers.
Sufficient capacities for rail freight transport
Rail freight transport is to become a viable alternative to road transport. To ensure the reliability and cost efficiency of this means of transport, sufficient capacities are to be provided. This requires investments in sidings, innovative intermodal transfer technologies and electrification.
In addition to increased cooperation in the field of rail transport, the members of the Scandria®Alliance are committed to improving the framework conditions for the use of clean fuels. Joint transnational project initiatives are currently being prepared for this purpose.
The Scandinavian-Adriatic Corridor, or Scandria®Corridor for short, is the name given to a geographical corridor stretching from the north of Scandinavia via Oslo, Helsinki, Stockholm, Berlin and Vienna to the northern Adriatic Sea, comprising more than a dozen metropolitan regions. It is largely part of the Scandinavian-Mediterranean corridor of the Trans-European Transport Network. The Scandria®Alliance is a cooperation platform for cities and regions between Scandinavia and the Adriatic for climate-friendly, multimodal mobility and transport solutions at the interface with regional development. The aim of strategic cooperation in the alliance is to consolidate the shortest geographical connection between Scandinavia and the Adriatic as a regional development and transport axis. For the Berlin-Brandenburg capital region, the development of the Scandria®Corridor represents an opportunity to generate impulses for economic and spatial development. The capital region initiated the Scandria®Alliance in 2019 and has since chaired the cooperation platform.