By the end of 2020, a vision for the development of the Via
Hanseatica tourism and transport corridor 2030 will be developed in the Vidzeme
planning region. The expected result is a spatial development planning document
that would help to improve the flow of passengers and tourists in the Vidzeme
planning region. This would not only identify potential solutions to improve
the region’s attractiveness in terms of mobility, but also make practical
proposals to reduce travel time and improve passenger access to the corridor
from the hinterland.
The document is intended to include recommendations, for
example, on how to optimize routes, how to improve the flow of information on
traffic routes, how to provide more convenient public transport connections,
etc. During the development of the plan, meetings with stakeholders interested
in the economic development of Vidzeme, ie representatives of state and
municipal institutions, entrepreneurs and tourism and transport experts, will
be organized to analyze the conditions hindering the smooth and convenient flow
of passengers in the corridor and receive suggestions on what improvements may
be needed to address the problem.
The final document is expected to be useful both for entrepreneurs and investors to make decisions on starting, improving or expanding a business, as well as for local governments in the region, which will be able to use the document when planning the development of their territories. The conclusions will also be binding on public administration institutions, such as the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, and the Ministry of Economics, in carrying out work on the development and updating of national level development planning documents.
Via Hanseatica is a historically significant international transport, tourism,and trade corridor connecting the eastern part of the Baltic Sea region with the central regions of the European Union on the route Riga-Valmiera-Tartu-Narva-St. Petersburg.
This transport corridor and the adjacent territory serve as
an important tourism development corridor, but one of the limiting factors for
achieving its full potential is the availability and quality of transport
services. Both local and foreign tourists, when looking for an alternative mode
of transport to personal road transport, face the fragmentation of the proposed
transport solutions, lack of digitally available information, as well as
uncoordinated public transport times, which hinder convenient movement between
several tourist attractions near the corridor. Tourists also face various
obstacles when choosing personal transport, such as the quality of
infrastructure (condition of roads, lack of directions).
On March 5 2020, the Riga Planning Region brought together stakeholders from the transport industry to find solutions for sustainable urban mobility and better quality of life in and around cities. It is acknowledged that the players in the industry are the same, so resources must be pooled and used wisely. The forces were combined with the Interreg Baltic Sea region project SUMBA to present news in the sector and invite them to participate in working groups to discuss the development of various issues.
Thematic directions of the working groups were:
- SUMP understanding and governance model,
- Infrastructure development and technical solutions,
- Change of commuting habits.
The audience included experts and professionals of the industry and municipalities, as well as representatives of the ministries and coordinating bodies.
It is important to bring together people at all levels – local, regional and national and to integrate it all into an internationally coordinated set of new solutions.
On January 22, an international stakeholder meeting was
organized in Riga, during which interested persons could get acquainted with
Latvia’s national strategy on transport development, as well as see the close
connection between national and international goals and initiatives that could
help to achieve them. Presenters included both domestic and foreign experts.
Presenting the Latvian Transport Development Guidelines 2027, Inta Rozenšteine of the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Latvia acknowledged that
“projects such as the Baltic Loop are very important for the policy implementation on national level.”
She also looks forward to contributing to the Baltic Loop.
RB Rail Latvia spokesman Ģirts Braman introduced the objectives of the major cross-border project and how far it has gone.
He encouraged projects to use the opportunity and share relevant information and data.
“No project, even on a scale like Rail Baltica, will be effective unless synergies are sought.” Mr Braman said he was very interested in what the results of the Baltic Loop project would be and saw that they could be important for the transport industry as a whole.
Representatives from Finland also shared their solutions for
traffic facilitation, presenting the concept of Mobility as service and virtual
An interesting panel discussion highlighted a number of key issues, such as the role of the public sector in promoting innovation; the extent to which we are prepared to work on common standards that allow solutions to cross borders rather than stop at them. The audience also remarked that the development of multi-modal points removes their accessibility in sparsely populated areas, in fact having the opposite effect.
A strong but true statement came from the hall: “The
world is full of strategies, but what about the practical implementation of
After a fruitful discussion, the participants went on an
exchange of experience to the Adazi municipality and Skulte port.
International stakeholder meetings organized by the project
BALTIC LOOP is an important platform to exchange information, challenges,
contacts. It is also the best place to collaborate to come up with new
solutions that will benefit the industry of efficient transport of freight and
passengers along the Baltic Sea corridors with yet undiscovered potential.
The event AGENDA for 22nd January 2020 includes the following topics:
- Rail Baltica – project development and future perspectives / presented by Ģirts Bramans, RB Rail, Latvia
- Latvia transport development guidelines 2027 / presented by Inta Rozenšteine, Ministry of Transport, Latvia
- Mobility as a Service (MaaS) concept / presented by Filip Djupsjöbacka, Kyyti, Finland
- Virtual Queuing for cargo transport / TBA, Go Swift, Finland
At the end of the meeting, participants are offered the
opportunity to take a small site visit tour to the nearby municipality and