Access to clean, efficient and multimodal transport corridors in the Baltic Sea Region

October 2018 -
March 2022


Policy area Transport
3. Transport 3.1 Interoperability

BSR Access

The platform BSR Access facilitates innovative and sustainable transport by creating linkages between traditional infrastructure nodes and smart transport solutions to further develop the TEN-T Core Network Corridors, and contribute to sustainable growth in the region. BSR Access combines expertise from Interreg Baltic Sea Region projects NSB CoRe, TENTacle, EMMA and Scandria®2Act as well as E12 Atlantica Transport of Interreg Botnia-Atlantica, FinEst Link of Interreg Central Baltic, and Green Regions with Alternative Fuels for Transport, funded by the EU Connecting Europe Facility.


Fostering the access to clean, efficient and multimodal transport corridors in the Baltic Sea Region

BSR Access combines competences and geographies of the involved projects and organisations into one cooperation platform tackling transport interoperability and regional development. The partnership focuses on specific topics identified as missing or inadequately addressed in the EU coordinators' Issues Papers. Among them are: Passenger transport in multimodality, inland navigation in logistics chains, coherent alternative fuel models across national borders, integration of urban nodes in the Core Network Corridors, aligning of long-haul transport with first and last mile delivery, and interdependencies between spatial and transport planning.

Competence in corridor impacts | corridor governance | clean fuels & first- and last mile access to corridor hubs and urban nodes

A large part of the BSR Access partnership come from regions that can be considered peripheral in the European Union. Mobilising stakeholders to a more coherent, cross-sectoral and adaptive planning approach that would ensure a better access infrastructure to the TEN-T network, and thereby a sustainable regional growth is of vital importance. The focus is always on joint problem-solving and all the many opportunities that cooperation provides.

On the one hand, BSR Access will communicate and highlight more environmentally friendly transport modes as competitive alternatives to conventional lorry transport and showcase smart transport solutions (e.g. River Information Services in inland waterway transport). On the other hand, a special focus lies on clean fuel deployment along transport corridors and their catchment areas. The latter referring to first mile and urban nodes, including their different challenges and incentives in the Baltic Sea Region. A multi-fuel approach will be considered as a starting point for a realistic recommendation on future policy. BSR Access also supports fast development of interoperability in freight and passenger transport to minimise waiting times towards swift and efficient supply chains.

Towards a more coherent and cross-sectoral planning approach in the Baltic Sea Region

By joining forces, the BSR Access partnership can support the European Coordinators with synergetic knowledge on how to facilitate the high quality, innovative and sustainable services for transport and mobility along the corridors and how to make these the drivers for accessibility and economic, social and territorial cohesion. Best practices and recommendations are translated for and made available to authorities, policy makers and advisors on the European, national and regional level.


Highlights by mid-term:

The platform’s main achievements by mid-term lie on first analyses made and collaboration on sustainable transport triggered among project partners, promoters and decision and policy makers from local, regional and national levels in the Baltic Sea region countries as well as EU institutions, like European Commission’s DG Mobility and Transport.

At the TEN-T Guidelines Expert meeting and Open Forum in Helsinki in October 2019, the BSR Access partners provided input to the debate on TEN-T policy review. It was based on the collected results of different Initerreg Baltic Sea Region projects, like NSB CoRe, TENTacle, EMMA, Scandria2Act. The event built upon the European Commission’s public TEN-T Policy consultation process. Active participation in the TEN-T policy review is crucial in strengthening the role of northern Europe in innovation, digitalisation, and as a frontrunner in sustainable economic growth.

By summer 2020, the platform has published its first reports on the clean fuel deployment in the Baltic Sea region, first mile corridor areas, and on integrated planning along cross-border and transnational transport corridors. As an example, the first mile corridor areas report screens the results of Horizon 2020 and Interreg projects in the Baltic Sea region in relation to the first mile corridor areas and sums up the feedback received on the project implementation progress, the rationale for collaboration, the solutions produced and the accumulated good practice. The report serves as working material for the upcoming BSR Access activities aiming to identify interoperability solutions with the potential to boost interconnectivity between the CNCs and first mile areas in the Baltic Sea region. The other reports synthesise solutions from various projects and pave the way towards the main outputs in the latter half of the platform project.

BSR Access has cooperated closely with the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region policy area Transport and horizontal action Spatial Planning Coordinators. The platform partners have also been involved in the coordination group of PA Transport. At the EUSBSR Annual Forum in Gdansk in 2019, BSR Access ran a workshop on the solutions for shared mobility for both densely and sparsely populated areas and spatial planning tools. Municipalities, spatial planners, economists agreed on the importance of balancing available resources and increasing mobility to ensure territorial cohesion, quality of life and sustainable economic development.


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Project manager

Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council

Sakari Saarinen

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Legal representative

Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council

Paula Autioniemi

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Financial manager

Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council

Joanna Kallio

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Communication manager

Port of Hamburg Marketing e. V.

Inga Gurries

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