Get to know the Baltic Loop platform for quality dialogue and cooperation of transport industry

Get to know the Baltic Loop platform for quality dialogue and cooperation of transport industry

A special platform was created during the project ( The aim of the platform is to encourage mutual communication and facilitate access to documentation for transport stakeholders.

It is possible to find different traffic planning documents of Latvia, Sweden, Finland, Estonia on the platform. The platform consists of several sections, as well as its content is available in different languages.

In the news section, there are compiled articles about the transport industry daily. This allows you to easily get acquainted with current events in one place. The information is updated daily and is gathered from a variety of sources related to the transport industry.

A specially created forum is an opportunity to communicate with those who are related to the transport industry and address issues that are important to them.

It is very important to promote better public sector dialogue with intermodal logistics, passenger transport stakeholders, and other interested parties.

The platform is intended to provide cooperation on innovation for better accessibility. The platform can help agree on common decisions and thus prevent bottlenecks. Particular hopes are placed on stimulating technical innovation in the day-to-day running of freight and passenger transport.

The platform also offers the opportunity to seek partnerships between actors at both regional and national levels, as well as between the public and private sectors. High hopes are placed on joint activities in both planning and strategy development issues.

We invite you to get acquainted with the content of the platform and initiate the first discussions at the national or even international level.

Summary of the last three months: Newsletter # 6

Summary of the last three months: Newsletter # 6

The planning and implementation of well-functioning traffic/transport systems is a complex and multilayered process covering many measures and elimination of transport hindrances and bottlenecks. It affects many actors and sectors (users, planners, authorities and administrations) of the society on all levels. Thus, the process needs to involve and encourage all stakeholders, to a greater extent, to develop more open and transparent communication, better cooperation and a stronger commitment to establish a coordinated, long-term vision and holistic approach to transport system planning.

Reference: Identification of bottlenecks and inefficiencies in transport flows in Baltic Loop East-West corridors with emphasis on maritime logistics, Authors: Irina Wahlström & Yiran Chen, Åbo Akademi University, Published: September, 2020 © Baltic Loop

The end of the project is fast approaching and despite the difficult conditions in the world, the project implementation activities continue.


The road from the Turku port to the Russian border will be animated to highlight bottlenecks

The road from the Turku port to the Russian border will be animated to highlight bottlenecks

Continuing the project, TUAS from Finland intends to visualize the southern corridor by animating the entire route from the Turku port to the Russian border (Vaalimaa) to clearly show cargo traffic bottlenecks that are closely related to the time spent on the road, as well as other characteristics. The visualization will conclude several topics emerged during the project like bottlenecks, total travel time, total distance, total production of carbon dioxide emissions, as well as possible time saving without bottlenecks and possible reduced carbon dioxide emissions. The visualization will clearly indicate the specific problem areas in the corridor. With the knowledge of bottlenecks and different indicators, there will be a full understanding, what kind and why some challenges have occurred in the corridor. When all possible bottlenecks will be removed, potential time savings will be highlighted to emphasize the potential benefits if the problem points were addressed. The video is currently being created and it will be available for everyone to watch.




The main task of the visualizer is to present the data in a clear and informative way. An example of visualization is a map, which contains very versatile information that can be displayed in one place in a convenient and easy-to-understand way. The information can be in numeric format, as a report, or anything else. Traffic visualizations can help researchers and others interested in understanding the situation relatively quickly – they can reflect characteristics such as traffic density, cargo movement or locations of bottlenecks on the map. This has a significant advantage to authors, researchers and other third-party members to have a fully presented detailed view of the topics. One of the most important part in the visualizations are the results which are comparable to each other. This is a powerful tool to observe different situations in wide perspective. This method has been used also in several Baltic Loop visualizations.

Patrick Yliluoto

Data visualizer, TUAS

Industry agrees on 3 strategic goals for the development of the Via Hanseatica tourism and transport corridor by 2030

Industry agrees on 3 strategic goals for the development of the Via Hanseatica tourism and transport corridor by 2030

On January 7, 2021, Vidzeme Planning Region organized a stakeholder meeting to continue the discussion on the vision of the development of the tourism and transport corridor on the Via Hansetica route until 2030. Representatives of the tourism and transport sectors agreed on three strategic development goals for the Via Hanseatica tourism corridor: 1) to improve the speed and efficiency of traffic flow; 2) to develop tourism and mobility information systems; 3) to increase the flow of tourists in the Via Hanseatica tourist corridor.
Last December, invited participants met online to discuss a summary of the current situation and to provide ideas for refining and complementing the strategy’s objectives and actions. At the beginning of 2021, industry representatives were gathered to comment on the strategic part of the document.

The strategic part of the draft document formulates the long-term development vision of the tourist route Via Hanseatica for the improvement of passenger flow, strategic goals and development priorities. In addition, directions for action and long-term actions to achieve the strategic goals are outlined.

Given that the quality of the traffic system is crucial for the economic development of the area, the participants of the meeting agreed that the area needs traffic improvements in order to be able to compete at the national and international level. Significant changes can be made by improving both the transport infrastructure and the quality of public transport services, including a strong focus on convenient connections. It is important to be able to use different modes of transport, i.e. for the first and last mile, balancing the offer and possibilities of traditional and relatively new mobility solutions in the area of influence of the Via Hanseatica.

It should be noted that the necessary improvements are important for both visitors and residents of the territory – therefore an integrated approach has been used in defining goals and actions, ensuring high quality of services for both interconnected user groups in the long run.

We remind you that the aim of developing the strategic document is to find out the necessary improvements of transport infrastructure, services and information to ensure more convenient and efficient flow of passengers (mainly tourists) on the Via Hanseatica tourist route, promoting tourism development in Vidzeme planning region.

The vision for the development of the Via Hanseatica tourism route has been developed on the basis of an analysis of the current situation, in which transport industry experts, tourism industry experts and entrepreneurs, representatives of Via Hanseatica municipalities, as well as passenger carriers were interviewed. Passenger and tourist flows were also analyzed, the condition of infrastructure and the quality of services were assessed.

The document, which soon will be completed, will serve as guidelines for the development of the specific territory, and it will be used in their work by municipal specialists, for example, when working with territorial development planning documents, and entrepreneurs planning new services in the territory of Via Hanseatica.

We invite you to read the fifth Baltic Loop Newsletter

We invite you to read the fifth Baltic Loop Newsletter

It’s time to stop and see how much work has been done! We invite you to get acquainted with the fifth news page of the project! Continuing to work closely with stakeholders, we have compiled a number of key challenges as well as recommendations on how to address them. Project experts and specialists have an excellent amount of rich information to arrive at a qualitative and feasible result.