Baltic Loop

Baltic Loop

P3 Well-connected region

3.1. Improved transport flows of people and goods

Central Baltic

01.04.2019 - 30.09.2021

€1 872 149

€1 457 717

Project Summary:

The Baltic Sea region is an area of fast growth and a key market for about 100 million consumers. To support this phenomenon and to smoothen the transportation flow in corridors and traffic gateways, issues such as the productivity in the operation of traffic, interoperability which exceeds the borders and more fluent, safer traffic with fewer effects on the air quality, require to be tackled.
The Baltic Loop project focuses on developing solutions to transportation bottlenecks along the East-West corridors. The project covers three of them: northern from Örebro – Turku – St. Petersburg, middle from Örebro – Tallinn – St.Petersburg and southern from Örebro – Riga – St. Petersburg; real-time traffic information about the status of traffic, the control of its flow and better commercial services will be provided.
A decrease in transportation and traveling time and in the subsequent emissions generated in these three corridors can be expected. As a spillover effect, improved competitiveness, a more efficient delivery/terminal operation process and reduced traveling time for passengers to the corridors will result as well. 

Lead Partner

Turun Ammattikorkeakoulu Oy

Country: FI

Partner budget: 524.343 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 382.770 EUR ERDF

Project Partners

Region Örebro län

Country: SE

Partner budget: 274.931 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 206.198 EUR ERDF

Vidzemes plānošanas reģions

Country: LV

Partner budget: 185.430 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 157.616 EUR ERDF

Rīgas plānošanas reģions

Country: LV

Partner budget: 223.000 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 189.550 EUR ERDF

Åbo Akademi

Country: FI

Partner budget: 359.957 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 262.769 EUR ERDF

Ventspils Augsto Tehnoloģiju parks nodibinājums

Country: LV

Partner budget: 197.380 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 167.773 EUR ERDF

Harjumaa Omavalitsuste Liit

Country: EE

Partner budget: 107.107 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 91.041 EUR ERDF

Associated Partners

City of Turku

Country: FI

City of Salo

Country: FI

Freeport of Ventspils authority

Country: LV

Latvijas Republikas Satiksmes ministrija

Country: LV

Achieved results

Project result in category -
Improved transport flow of goods

Baltic Loop improved transport flows of people and goods in three selected corridors of Central Baltic region

Project target was to improve 3 East-West direction transport corridors in Central Baltic region. These are Northern corridor Örebro – Turku – St. Petersburg, middle corridor Örebro – Tallinn – St.Petersburg and Southern corridor Örebro – Riga – St. Petersburg. Project analysed situation along these corridors, defined hindrances and bottlenecks in different sections or transport nodes on corridors (ports, logistic terminals, border crossing points, etc.) and proposed solutions for improving the flow of transport. Several studies were conducted and analyses made for improvements that will shorten the transportation time of goods and passengers. Studies can be found at

Project concluded that for example on Northern corridor the potential time saving will be about 20 minutes, if proposed improvements would be implemented. It will generate up to 58 kg less CO2 emissions per one truck.

Important achievement was also the creation of platform for gathering stakeholders of the field and expand a dialogue about the challenges, obstacles and possibilities that are identified in the transport and logistics sector from all participating areas. Project results will be integrated into strategic transport and regional development policy planning documents. In addition, the created cooperation between municipality planners and private sector (mainly transport and logistic companies) should create better understanding for future development.

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At a glance
  • 3 improved transport corridors
  • Shortened transport time of goods and passangers
  • Lowered CO2 emissions
  • Creating a forum for discussions

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