The thematic study presents the activities and main results of TENTacle project task 5.4 “Interactions between the CNCs and transport networks of the EU Eastern Partnership countries”. This task aims at finding solutions to ensure seamless traffic flow, enhance economic growth and competitiveness through interconnected subsets of transport networks (Core Network Corridors vs. Eastern Partnership) and identify priority action areas to achieve a time and resource reduction for transport operations.

Improving the competitiveness along the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) and Eastern Partnership (EaP) direction indicates raising awareness for the private sector about new services and current and planned infrastructure development projects in the region, notably in the area of new logistics hubs, railway lines, road and port infrastructure. As the transport corridor competitiveness is based on cost, time and reliability.

Involvement of the private sector is crucial for development of the corridor infrastructure. This can be achieved by a combination of direct (promoting PPP, creating favourable investment conditions, involving stakeholders in consultation processes, etc.) and indirect measures (raising awareness of infrastructural plans, learning from best practice of private sector participation, etc.).

The outcomes in the 5.4 research have shown that service quality (transport time, service and waiting time, handling time, working hours, reliability, frequency of service, cargo safety and security) is the most important indicator impacting synchromodality.

Strong commitment by public and private stakeholders is a prerequisite together with market-responsiveness, pragmatism and willingness to learn from others’ experience.

Priority action areas suggested for public and private stakeholders in the EU-BSR and the EU EaP countries to achieve time reduction and less resources in transport operations, thus to open up new business opportunities further stimulating the trade exchange along the CNCs.

The input for this study received from  Partners of East West Transport Corridor Association – as Associated Organisation of TENTacle project.

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