Identification and removal of bottlenecks along EWTC are among the priority functions of the Association:
EWTC Association priorities based on special questionnaire 2012:
Other EWTCA priorities
Since the East-West Transport Corridor is a corridor demanding transport mode interchanges due to the crossing of the Baltic Sea, development of intermodal transport solutions making different transport modes fully integrated along the corridor is a key issue for the EWTC.
To meet an increased transport demand, ports and intermodal terminals need to make sure that their facilities are prepared for growth. Thus, for ports in the EWTC it is important to offer the services necessary for handling the maritime freight services (container ships, RoRo ships, railway ferries) demanded by transporters and transport buyers.
It is important to secure a good accessibility to/from these ports and terminals. Especially important are railway connections taking into account the fact that they are faster and more environmentally friendly than road transport. It is also important to ensure that these connections are well integrated into the national rail networks. The EWTC Association emphasises the importance of strengthening hinterland connections in the dialogues with governing national bodies in order to stimulate development of these connections.
It is also of great importance for the EWTC Association to ensure the integration with the connecting freight routes. The Viking Train has already proved that the link to the South- East is an important connection of the BSR with Belarus and Ukraine. Strengthening of these connections requires joint efforts from railway operators, sea port authorities, transporters and transport buyers in this corridor branch and in the neighbouring countries. EWTCA as an instrument for Eastern Neighbourhood policy.
ITS services are needed to support transportation activities along the corridor. This is especially important for the EWTC due to its physical nature, interchange points, multi-language and cross boarder interaction. The information on constantly updated traffic situation and interchange status, tracking of goods, booking and confirmation services, intelligent truck parkings and services opening faster border crossings routes, would ensure more efficient transportation and handling thereof. Therefore the EWTC Association is interested to take the initiative to establish collaborative ITS solutions.EWTCA has established work group on IT network and dissemination of information that will use the EWTCII project product Information Broker System. All efficient green freight transport corridors, such as the East West Transport Corridor, need an Information Broker.
The foremost component of the Information Broker is a digital information exchange.
Since the EWTC stretches over several countries, it is necessary to establish close cooperation between port and terminal operators, intermodal operators and regional and/or national authorities. A common view on capacity growth and synchronised schedules between different operators along the corridor could ensure efficient transportation and smooth handling of goods in the corridor.
Joint commercial interests are necessary for hubs in order to offer reliable, efficient and valuable services strengthening the competitiveness along the corridor.
A possible setup for such cooperation is that hubs and freight operators within the EWTC can make agreements and work together. A joint commercial interest could be a common driver for the EWTC hubs and freight operators to increase transport flows in the East-West direction.