The newspaper Dagens Industri (Sweden) has written an article about the Baltic Loop project. Dagens Industri interviewed the Swedish project manager Ahmed Alaeddine who talks about the project and how the project has identified bottlenecks in the transport system and how it enables increased cooperation, better infrastructure planning and increased sustainability in the Baltic Sea area.
“The project started in 2019 and will run until 2021, but already now we have been able to identify certain bottlenecks such as high traffic volume in relation to existing infrastructure capacity in the Oslo-Stockholm route, long queues at the borders between Estonia-Latvia and Latvia-Russia. There are also bottlenecks at the ports in the Baltic Sea area, where they are increasingly forced to adapt their operations and geographical scope in relation to growing large cities, where the consequence is that port areas have less land available. ”
Ahmed Alaeddine mentions in the article that it must be smooth and easy to transport between the Baltic Sea countries for business transport, labour, students and leisure travellers. One way to get there is to accelerate the planning and expansion of infrastructure both nationally but also across national borders, where the connection between Oslo-Stockholm is a clear example. Other important infrastructure investments include a faster railway connection between Turku-Helsinki and the new establishment of the Port of Norrvik.