Last Newsletter of Baltic Loop

Last Newsletter of Baltic Loop

It is time to celebrate the results. Welcome to read our last Newsletter.

In this issue:

  • Digital and automated working methods reduce travel times in the Baltic Sea countries
  • Discover business models for smart and sustainable sea logistic and port operations
  • Dialogue between different transportation actors
  • Technical and non-technical solutions
  • Dive into our research results (list of reports to read in detail)

Read the Newsletter #8 Here or Click on the image below

 

 

 

 

 

Baltic Loop research reveals

Baltic Loop research reveals

Given how much has been achieved in a couple of years, we have prepared thematic fact sheets that will help you to find out the most important findings about each of the directions we developed in the project.

Watch our videos

Watch our videos

We want to give you an insight into what has been done and invite you to watch three videos. 

VIDEO #1 How to reduce transportation bottlenecks?

VIDEO #2 Discover business models for smart and sustainable sea logistics and port operations

VIDEO #3 Dialogue between different transportation actors

The questions are discussed in depth in the reports published in the Deliverables section of the home page.

 

Final Conference: recording and presentations available

Final Conference: recording and presentations available

The Final Conference of the Baltic Loop project was a celebration of two years of intensive work as well as an opportunity to present valuable research data and conclusions to industry players about three new transportation corridors in the territory of Central Baltic Sea region. The Baltic Loop partnership chose an ambitious goal at the time of writing the project application, arguing that it was necessary to discover the potential of the West-East direction in the context of freight and passenger transport.

In a couple of years, together with stakeholders at different levels, we have not only managed to pinpoint the current circumstances and problem situations but also worked with stakeholders, as well as industry experts and researchers, to make recommendations on how to solve the problems to reduce travelling time and CO2 emissions.

If you missed our conference, but are interested in what was discussed at it, we invite you to review the presentations. The video of the conference is still available on the Baltic loop Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/projectBALTICLOOP/.

VIDEO RECORDING

PRESENTATIONS

12.30-13.00

Welcoming speech. Baltic Loop in a nutshell.

Jari Hietaranta, Lead partner of the project, TUAS, Finland

Presentation available HERE
13.15-14.00 IMPORTANCE OF THE BALTIC LOOP CORRIDOR
Potential development solutions in metropolitan areas
Rūdolfs Cimdiņš, Riga Planning Region, Latvia
Presentation available HERE
Potential development solutions in rural border region for efficient passenger flows
Andžejs Stepančuks, Vidzeme Planning Region, Latvia
Presentation available HERE

People and freight moving – examples from Estonia
Ms Margarita Golovko, Head of European Territorial Cooperation Unit, Estonian Ministry of Finance, Estonia

Kaarel Kose, Union of Harju County Municipalities, Estonia

Presentation available HERE
14.00-14.30 FUTURE PORT SCENARIOS
Future port scenarios
Irina Wahlström, Åbo Akademi University, Finland
Presentation available HERE
Potential of small ports in Latvia
Jānis Megnis, Riga Planning Region, Latvia
Presentation available HERE
Potential of Ventspils Freeport in the Belarus-Latvia-Sweden transit corridor
Aleksandra Serebrjakova, Ventspils High technology park, Latvia
Presentation available HERE
Short break
14.40-15.30 BOTTLENECKS AND SOLUTIONS IN BALTIC LOOP CORRIDORS

Challenges of increased freight flows in Central Baltic

Ahmed Alaeddine, Region Örebro, Sweden

Presentation available HERE
GIS visualisation and animation of bottlenecks and emissions in Northern Corridor
Patrick Yliluoto and Jaani Kekäläinen, Turku University of Applied Sciences, Finland
Presentation available HERE
Logistics terminal development
Lauri Poikela, Noccela Ltd., Finland
15.30-15.50 WRAP-UP KEYNOTE: TRANSPORT CORRIDORS AS A DRIVER OF COMPETITION
Ms Marjo Uotila, Director of Strategic Alliances, Northern Growth Zone, Finland Presentation available HERE
15.50-16.00 FINAL HIGHLIGHTS AND CLOSING
Learn about the E18 road bottlenecks in animated format

Learn about the E18 road bottlenecks in animated format

Turku University of Applied Sciences has done GIS mapping as well as visualized bottlenecks of the E18 section in Finland, thus helping to find out exactly where these places are on the road and what kind of problems need to be solved.

The animation identifies problems and shows them with symbols such as accessibility, slow driving, intense traffic flow, lack of route guidance, roadwork, as well as traffic lights, etc.

The video clearly shows bottlenecks and analyzes the situation in each place in more detail. Another major problem that should be tackled in a complex way by the various parties coming together, but above all by the public administration, is the lack of services, including resting and stopping areas for heavy vehicles.

The problem has been known for a long time and over the years the situation has gradually deteriorated. At the same time, the amount of heavy traffic has increased over the past four years by slightly less than 10% on the main thoroughfares and, accordingly, the number of users of break points during the night by almost 20%. Resting areas are limited on the highway network and there have been increasing restrictions on heavy traffic parking on the street networks. Now when amounts of economy transportations are growing the availability of heavy traffic resting areas and driver services connected to these areas has become an increasingly big problem.

Read the resting area report in Northern Corridor Here (.pdf)

Digital and automated working methods reduce travel time in the Baltic Sea countries

Digital and automated working methods reduce travel time in the Baltic Sea countries

Within the framework of the EU project Baltic Loop, Region Örebro County has mapped and analysed various digital and automated working methods that could contribute to shorter travel times in public transport. A number of different nodes, both along the railway and with other public transport, in Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Latvia have been analysed from a travel time perspective. Current train planning processes and railway operations in the four countries have been analysed to get an idea of ​​how much extra time is applied in timetable construction, and whether this time could be removed by applying one or several of the digital and automated working methods that have been mapped.

Of the countries studied, practice regarding timetable construction looks to some extent different. In Estonia and Latvia, there are few public documents showing the regulated practice of timetable construction. The report shows that both Sweden and Finland have regulations regarding extra redundancy in timetable construction. The supplement for redundancy is calculated differently, and is therefore difficult to compare, but based on the primary nodes in Sweden and Finland, it has been concluded that Finland has more redundancy than Sweden per travel minute.

  • As Sweden and Finland provide more open data than Estonia and Latvia, the descriptions of Sweden’s and Finland’s railway network are more detailed than the descriptions of Estonia’s and Latvia’s railway network, says Ahmed Alaeddine, project manager at Region Örebro County.

Investment in infrastructure and maintenance on the railway are necessary for reduced travel times

There are a number of driver support systems on the market that could reduce travel time in public transport, as traffic can be planned more frequently through more detailed driving information for train drivers. In the case of timetable construction, a simulator could possibly be used to find efficiency possibilities in travel time.

It would also be possible to reduce travel time through a number of measures that do not require digital aids – however, these measures come with certain consequences that need to be considered. Most of the redundancy in the timetable is intended to compensate for quality deficiencies in the railway system. By reducing margins without investing in the railway system, there is a risk of increased disturbance sensitivity.

>> Full text version of the research paper available Here