A vision for the spatial development perspective of the Via Hanseatica tourism and transport corridor will be developed in Vidzeme

A vision for the spatial development perspective of the Via Hanseatica tourism and transport corridor will be developed in Vidzeme

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).

Welcome to read our Newsletter #3

Welcome to read our Newsletter #3

With the increase in cargo volume nowadays, the demand for physical infrastructure might increase. However, the overall efficiency could also be improved by employing digital infrastructure and communication methods during cargo transportation. The main idea is to achieve the maximum utilization rate of the available infrastructure, technology, and other kinds of resources. Together with a collaborative environment, it will be possible to reduce transport emissions in our corridors and result in efficient transportation.

Welcome to Baltic Loop Newsletter #3!


This time it is a must-read because the results of the questionnaire for stakeholders related to freight and passenger transport are summarized and you are welcome to introduce yourself with the main findings. These are very important conclusions that will help to achieve the goals of the project more efficiently, as the situation has been evaluated by the industry.

The thematic questionnaire was conducted to meet the following objectives:

  • evaluating transportation services and operations on selected corridors;
  • identifying main hindrances and drivers for smooth transport flows;
  • highlighting areas where improvements for more efficient traffic are needed.

If you would like to see the full version of the survey report, don`t hesitate to contact us!

Despite the challenging time, the work continues!

Stakeholders discuss transport development issues in Riga

Stakeholders discuss transport development issues in Riga

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.

The key to success is the synergy: International stakeholder meeting in Riga

The key to success is the synergy: International stakeholder meeting in Riga

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 queuing GoSwift.

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 theory?”

After a fruitful discussion, the participants went on an exchange of experience to the Adazi municipality and Skulte port.

International stakeholder meeting 22 January 2020/ RIGA

International stakeholder meeting 22 January 2020/ RIGA

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 port.