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The region’s population and economic activity are concentrated around a few major centres, which are far apart and poorly linked each other. The existing transport infrastructure and services are not adequate for integrating the dispersed regional structure and for sustaining and developing local and regional economies, social services and social contacts.

National borders have resulted in separate, national transport systems operating in parallel. Almost all infrastructures have been built to link each country’s northern and southern regions with its national capital. This creates a strongly isolating frontier effect. Current national transport programmes are not yet co-ordinated with neighbouring countries and bottlenecks continue to arise at the borders.

General information

Transport and traffic projects

  • Barents Logistics 2 - the main objective of the project is to develop logistics competencies and deepen educational cooperation between the universities and educational institutions together with public and business organizations.
  • Sustainable Transport in the Barents Region (STBR) - website for an ongoing project for developing the transport conditions in the Barents Region. Site contains plans, documents, information about subprojects and other ongoing activities.
  • Feasibility Study of the Salla-Kandalaksha Line [3.17 M pdf] - the goal of the task was to inspect the feasibility of the Salla-Kandalaksha section especially from the viewpoint of companies. The probable amount to be transported on the Salla-Kandalaksha line was estimated to be 1.9 million tons. The most significant benefit of the project is that it complements the transport routes of the Barents region in the east-west direction. 
  • Salla CBC Centre - Centre for Border Cooperation.
  • The “ROADEX Implementing Accessibility” project is the fourth collaborative venture by the ROADEX Partners. It aims to implement the road technologies developed by ROADEX on to the Partner road networks to improve operational efficiency and save money. The Lead Partner for the project is the Northern Region of The Swedish Road Administration and the main project consultant is Roadscanners Oy.




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