Eastern Norway County Network

Logo Eastern Norway County Network

Contact Person: Jon Petter Arntzen
Phone Number: +47 90 10 83 89
Website: www.ostsam.no/english

Efficient and sustainable transport system between Norway and continental Europe

Oslo Container Port © Klaus Sandvik, Oslo Havn

Eastern Norway County Network (ENCN) is a co-operation between eight counties in the South Eastern part of Norway: Akershus, Buskerud, Hedmark, Oppland, Oslo, Telemark, Vestfold and Østfold. Over 50 % of the Norwegian population is living within the borders of ENCN. The counties have two basic aims:

  • to influence the development of the region, by making joint approaches towards decision-making bodies, especially such bodies on state or county level and
  • to achieve better and more efficient solutions for matters within the responsibilities of the county, by division of work and joint projects. Cooperation with other European regions is important - and ENCN has over the years participated in several Interreg projects

The European Union is actively engaged in establishing an efficient and environmental sustainable transport network in Europe. For this purpose, the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) is established and nine transport corridors are prioritised. One of these is the Scan–Med Corridor. The northern part of this corridor is identical to the Scandria®Corridor, stretching from Northern Germany through West Sweden to the Oslo Region in Norway. The cross-border connection between Oslo and Gothenburg is hence part of this Scan–Med Corridor.

More freight ought to be transferred from road to sea and rail. The transport corridor between Oslo-Gothenburg-Denmark/Northern Germany/Poland is the most important import/export corridor for Norway, but at present more than 95 % of the freight goes by road. For the future regional development it is very important to establish an efficient and sustainable transport system for both passengers and freight transport.

The last few years ENCN has participated in the Interreg Project Scandria®2Act and the focus has been to establish an efficient and environmental sustainable transport system between Norway and EU/Continent. In the first “Oslo Case study”, direct freight flows between Norway and Western / Central Europe of about 5.5 million tons has been identified. Principally, this volume could be shifted from road to rail or short sea shipping. In order to shift road transports between Europe and Norway to more environmentally adapted modes, there is a need to investigate in detail what services and service levels would be needed from the shippers and what influences their choice. The final report propose concrete measures for improvement in the existing sea/ferry service (Oslo–Kiel) and re-establishing /upgrading the existing freight rail service between Oslo and Malmø/Trelleborg. It can here be noted that Color Line recently has purchased the Ro-Ro ship M/S Finncarrier and plans to put the ship into operation between Oslo and Kiel in January 2019.

Partnership Statement 

Roger Ryberg © Carsten Øhrn, Buskerud County Municipality

"For the counties in Eastern Norway, the Scandria®Corridor is important. Over the last few years we have experienced increased transport volumes between Norway and Europe, and we expect further growth in the years to come. A shift from road to rail or short sea shipping is essential and I therefore very much welcome the initiative from the Norwegian Government, introducing a “Bonus System” in Norway for transferring freight from road to sea.

For ENCN it is also important to improve the cross-border rail connections between Norway and Sweden/EU. Therefore, it is important that the Scandinavian Mediterranean Transport Corridor (Scan–Med) and the Nordic Triangle is prioritised in EU's TEN-T corridor development.

For ENCN, the importance of a political cooperation along the Scandria®Corridor is significant. In summer 2018, ENCN therefore decided to participate in the creation of Scandria®Alliance, aiming at securing a long-term transnational interregional partnership and cooperation."

Roger Ryberg, Chairman of Eastern Norway County Network

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