Capitalising on TEN-T core network corridors for growth and cohesion (TENTacle)

Project duration
01.2016 - 12.2019
Projekt order
Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programs 2014-2020

The TEN-T core network corridors (CNC) is a new instrument of the EU transport policy, aimed to improve mobility, intermodality and interoperability on the major transport axes across Europe. The Baltic Sea Region (BSR) is intersected by three core network corridors being Scan-Med, North Sea-Baltic and Baltic-Adriatic.

A broad range of stakeholders are expected to be involved in a joint action to remove physical, technical, operational and administrative bottlenecks along these corridors by the year 2030.

Implementation of the three core network corridors has a large but untapped potential to stimulate positive effects in the BSR beyond the pure transport sector and beyond the immediate geographical areas they cross.

Opening it up for a broader group of stakeholders and a wider geographical area requires tackling major capacity challenges. These are, for example, related with a low awareness and deficient understanding of how the CNC implementation can help improve accessibility and connectivity challenges in specific territories. And this is what TENTacle will foster in the coming years. By working across the borders and sectors we will improve stakeholder capacity to reap benefits of the core network corridors implementation for the prosperity, sustainable growth and territorial cohesion in the BSR.


Aims by the end of 2019:
  • All territories in the BSR shall profit from the CNC, irrespective of the geographical location.
  • The involved public authorities and market players are able to deliver effective growth and prosperity policies and strategies, and work out effective logistics solutions complementing the CNC investments.
  • European Coordinators leading the CNC implementation receive an organised project-based support in mobilising stakeholders both in and outside the specific corridors to a joint work.
  • Transport authorities around the Baltic Sea are aware of the two policy coordination instruments of CNCs and the EUSBSR, and are able to use the synergy gains in routine planning, management and implementation processes.
  • Other European macroregions are inspired by the BSR way how to reap benefits of the core network corridors for the purpose of prosperity, growth and cohesion.



How to achieve it? What will we do and deliver in practice?

Specific connectivity and interoperability needs differ from one area to another and require adequate place-based response. Therefore, we will carry out the stakeholder capacity-raising actions on regional and macroregional level.

Seven pilot showcases in different areas will demonstrate how to strengthen positive CNC spill-overs in different geographies and development contexts. The cases will be launched in the sites representing.

(1) the corridor node and transit areas (located along a CNC),

(2) the corridor catchment areas (located in a close distance to one or a few CNCs) and

(3) the corridor void areas (located farther away from the three CNCs).

In each of the sites the project will address the key growth challenge that may be resolved through a better physical and/or functional connection to the core network corridors.

ISL is involved in the case of the Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link (DE/DK; Lead Port of Hamburg Marketing) and deals with issues like, how to prepare the market and public authorities for the impacts of the Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link on the Scan- Med Corridor, and how to adjust business models and policy response to fully utilise new transport and logistics. For this purpose ISL looks at the effects of the Fehmarn Belt fixed link investment on the ScanMed Corridor for the routing of freight flows and consequently for the business models of the transport and logistics industries (incl. ports) in the impact area of the fixed link. New transport options and shorter transportations times are likely to affect the patterns how companies position their logistics facilities in northern Germany and Scandinavia, with an opportunity for more efficient transport and logistics solutions.

However, insufficient dialogue among the industry stakeholders and low involvement of local/regional authorities make it difficult to assess the scale of changes in the international supply chains crossing the Danish Straits, to come up with an adapted layout of cargo terminals (new locations or extension of existing facilities) responding to modal shift potentials (road to rail), and to develop policy response either capitalising on or mitigating the flow displacement effects (e.g. in the areas around the nearby seaports and the GedserRostock ferry link). This research and its publication intends to encourage the business and public players for a joint work on a longterm positioning strategy to prepare for the Fehmarn Belt and deploy the related growth potential in the whole impact area. Through collecting available analyses (e.g. using results of BSR TransGov, Green String Corridor and the String initiative) and stakeholder interviews, an in-depth insight of the market and public policy perception of the logistics situation caused by the fixed link in different parts of the case area is acquired. On this background, specific studies will be made (e.g. on potential modal split drivers and economic opportunities stemming from the fixed link performance) to set a scene for discussing the possibilities for action.

A series of roundtables and workshops will facilitate the communication and knowledge exchange between ports and logistics industry, local and regional development authorities and CNC bodies (incl. national authorities), with a purpose to: (1) level out the awareness level of the CNC process in the Fehmarn Belt impact area (with the considerable information access differences between the countries and actors involved); (2) improve synergies in and between the regions involved; and (3) complement the CNC implementation work with regional growth perspective and future oriented business opportunities.

Outcomes of the stakeholder interfacing process will provide a reliable basis for future port and local/regional planning. They will be geared to deliver logistics and policy solutions on how to best benefit from the changing development conditions through e.g. new business logistics models, additional value added services, and/or hinterland connections. Benchmarking and interfacing with other parallel pilot cases is envisaged (e.g. to develop better business models and optimise the location of intermodal terminals).

Eine Reihe von Runden Tischen und in Workshops dienen der Kommunikation und dem Wissensaustausch zwischen den Häfen und der Logistikwirtschaft, lokalen und regionalen Entwicklungsbehörden und den Organen der Kernnetzwerkkorridore (einschließlich nationaler Organe) mit folgenden Zielen: (1) Ausloten der Einflüsse der CNC Prozesse im Bereich Fehmarn Belt (mit den deutlich unterschiedlichen Informationsbedarfen der einzelnen Länder und Akteure); (2) verbesserte Synergien in und zwischen den Regionen; und (3) Ergänzung der Einrichtung der CNC durch regionale Maßnahmen.

Der Dialog mit den Akteuren soll eine zuverlässige Basis für die zukünftige Hafen- und Standort- und Regionalplanung liefern. Er soll Grundlage für logistische und strategische Lösungen unter Ausnutzung der veränderten Rahmenbedingungen sein, z.B. durch neue Logistikgeschäftsmodelle, zusätzliche Mehrwertdienste und/oder Hinterlandverbindungen. Benchmarking und parallele Pilotimplementierungen sind vorgesehen (z.B. um bessere Geschäftsmodelle zu entwickeln oder den Standort von Umschlagszentren zu optimieren).

Outcome: Report on the Fehmarn Belt as an impulse for regional development

The report will summarise results of the stakeholder interfacing process (fed by the analyses made). It will highlight best practices and recommendations on how to use the Fehmarn Belt link as an impulse for local/regional growth, dwelling on new more efficient transport and logistics solutions and new logistics models.

The report will contain place based measures addressing the development measures both in the direct fixed link area and in the more distant parts (e.g. in the hinterland of the GedserRostock ferry connection), which might see negative flow displacement effects (e.g. loss of supply chains and outflow of production and service companies to better accessible locations).

The report will serve as guidance to logistics/port and local/regional development planning (solutions how to prepare for and benefit from the changing development conditions induced by the Fehmarn Belt fixed link investment). It will also deliver input to the European Coordinators and the national authorities through flagging up the regional growth perspective and future oriented business opportunities resulting from the CNC implementation process.

The report will be presented in workshops and individual meetings with the involved public and private stakeholders and cover the impact area of the Fehmarn Belt fixed link investment, understood as the territory along the ScanMed Corridor axes from Copenhagen in the direction of Hamburg and Berlin. It will be addressed to local/regional and port authorities in the pilot area (in particular their planning and development units/agencies) to facilitate the land use, traffic and logistics investment plans based on the analyses of the business and growth opportunities generated by the new fixed link investment.

The report is expected to help the business players adjust the business strategies and supply chain models to the new development conditions induced by the fixed link (e.g. decisions on expending the existing terminals or developing new ones).

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