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The Kvarken Link Open days local event - On board Wasa Express ferry, Umeå, 23rd November 2013

Published the 6 January 2014

As part of the Open Days 2013, the large annual gathering of European local authorities in Brussels and in Europe, a local event was organised on the Kvarken Strait, one of the 8 straits of the European Straits Initiative, about the ongoing Kvarken Link TEN-T project.

An Open Days event was arranged on board the MS Wasa Express Ferry on 23.11.2013 between Sweden and Finland. The aim of the Open Days event was to inform the public about the ongoing Kvarken Link TEN-T project and other related projects, and also about the opportunities for cross border travel and tourism in the Kvarken region.

The Kvarken Link Open Days event gathered around 250 persons, which exceeded the expectations. There were lots of families and senior citizens participating in the event.

When the guests arrived they were greeted by the ferry´s hostess, and former alpine skiing champion and tourism entrepreneur Stig Strand and project manager Peter Källberg informed about the INTERREG Botnia Marketing project. After this the visitors were taken on a guided tour of the ferry, refreshments were served, and the Kvarken Link TEN-T project and the INTERREG NLC project were presented by logistics expert Markus Rönnblom and port director Curt Kristoffersson.

There was only positive feedback from the visitors, and many were happy to get the chance to hear information about the projects and the ferry. Based on the feedback, many of the visitors will soon be making a trip across the Kvarken Strait.

Kvarken Strait is one of the 8 straits of the European Straits Initiative.

About the project:

The Midway Alignment of the Bothnian Corridor, also known as the Kvarken Multimodal Link, is a vital, year-round maritime transport connection between Sweden and Finland. The link connects to three major roads classified by the UNECE as European roads of strategic importance – the E12, the E4 and the E8 – and to the newly built Bothnian Link main railway line. It also supports and complements the Priority Projects and the Core and Comprehensive Network of the European Union. The project started 2013.

The global Kvarken Multimodal Link project is upgrading the transport route in order to fulfil national and international requirements for an environmentally and economically sustainable transport system with increased multi-modality and higher transport security. The project includes a complete transport system for both goods and passengers and is initiated by the city of Umeå in Sweden and the city of Vaasa in Finland.

The upgrade aims at:

  • designing and developing a new ferry for the Kvarken strait
  • improving the environmental and economic performance of port operations and the regional logistic system
  • increasing market attractiveness
  • securing long-term operational stability
  • introducing innovative technologies and solutions as well as disseminating best practices within the European Union

The Kvarken Multimodal Link project is financed by municipal, regional and national financers from Finland and Sweden, private companies and European Union TEN-T Call funds.

More information on the project of the Midway Alignment of the Bothnian Corridor in the Kvarken Strait in the related article.

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