23 April 2018
Last months have been quite intense in the development of a spatial vision for the NSB CoRe corridor. The Vision is being elaborated by the VASAB Secretariat in order to enhance regional development, logistics and mobility. The first rounds of workshops were to elaborate SWOT analysis, now the second round of regional workshops in Warsaw, Kaunas and Vaasa was concluded. Main focus of the workshops were regional benefits of improved accessibility along NSB CoRe corridor, setting future scope, identification of 2nd level networks as well as discussing needs to improve the corridor.
The second round of the regional workshops started in Warsaw, Poland November, 2017. In the workshop stakeholders from Germany and Poland took part in the discussion with the main focus on how to achieve wanted accessibility at the agglomeration, regional and transnational level. During the workshop participants identified the most critical obstacles and needs to get done to get pass these obstacles as well as the transport network bottlenecks. In relation to the discussions, five-point action plan was identified for each level.
The discussions started in Warsaw was further extended in the workshop in Kaunas, Lithuania this year in beginning of February. Main point of discussion for stakeholders from Lithuania and Poland was the development of the 2nd level connections including the cross-border network connections. As a crucial part for the spatial vision it was stated that NSB CoRe corridor will serve as a backbone for the 2nd level connections that helps to improve the accessibility of the Baltic States. The hot topic raised by stakeholders was the discussion about the need of a rail connection between the capital cities in the eastern Baltic Sea Region.
Similarly as in Warsaw and Kaunas, needs and bottlenecks were a topic for a discussion in the workshop in Vaasa, Finland in March. This workshop concentrated on the NSB CoRe most Northern part and discussed topics overlapped with E12 transport corridor. Participants discussed the question “By 2050, what kind of changes would NSB corridor have caused?”. As a result the most important expected changes from the stakeholder’s point of view related to attractiveness of the region in terms of investments and tourism, as well as decreased travel times and its positive consequences.
With the finalized two rounds of stakeholder involvement activities VASAB Secretariat is one step closer to the most challenging task – elaboration of a long-term spatial perspective. The results from the workshop discussions serve as an input for a further development of the long-term spatial perspective. The draft spatial vision will be released already in the second half of 2018.