Successful East-West Networking Meeting in Tallinn
On 29 June 2016 the EU EIP project organised a networking meeting in Tallinn (Estonia) in relation to the East-West Corridor Feasibility Study (Activity 3). Given the fact that the Eastern Member States have a much shorter history in ITS implementation, one of the key objectives of the East-West Corridor activities is to establish a cooperation community between the eastern and western countries on the East-West Corridor. The East-West Corridor runs from Ireland and the UK via the Benelux, Germany and Poland to the Baltic States and Finland. The meeting was hosted by the Estonian Road Administration, and 22 participants from eight different countries, including representatives of urban, ports and rail in the Baltic countries attended the event.
Jan Willem Tierolf (Rijkswaterstaat, NL), activity leader of the East-West Corridor, kicked off the meeting with an overview of the European ITS Platform (EU EIP) in general and the East-West Corridor in particular. He highlighted the feasibility study currently in progress as well as the development of the Intermodal Route Planner providing multimodal alternatives on the East-West Corridor.
Via Baltica (E67)
This was followed by a presentation of Kaarel Lääne (Estonian Road Administration) who presented the coordinated approach of the Baltic countries towards improving the parking situation along the E67 (Via Baltica), not only physically but also information-wise.
Kristjan Duubas (Estonian Road Administration) presented the Smart E67 Interreg project, which includes advanced traffic management on the E67 transport corridor in Estonia and Latvia. A joint technological approach and ensuring seamless quality of traffic information is key in this project. Paulius Bautrenas (Road Authority Lithuania) then took over and presented the ITS services on the southern part of the E67 corridor, including VMS, Weather information and traffic enforcement.
City and Port of Tallinn
Liivar Luts (City of Tallinn) presented the ambition of the city with respect to new tram connections and the implementation of various smart mobility systems, e.g. with respect to parking (Park&Ride, mobile payment), journey planning and traffic management.
Hele-Mai Metsal (Port of Tallinn) in her presentation highlighted the challenges of the Port of Tallinn, especially in relation to the ferries that carry both passenger cars and trucks, causing queuing and parking problems in the city. And with the arrival of bigger ships this problem will only become bigger.
At the end of the meeting Jan Willem Tierolf concluded that it was good to see how freight, urban, traffic management, traffic information, ferries (passengers and freight), truck parking and planning are very much interacting in the Baltic region, but which is also relevant for the western part of the corridor with two seas to cross. He invited all parties to test the Intermodal Route Planner and to provide information on possible missing links. The European ITS Platform remains open for new partners to join in activities, and in particular the activities on monitoring and dissemination and on harmonization could be of interest.
On 28-30 August 2017 Tallinn will be host to the Baltic Road Conference. More information can be found on: http://www.balticroads.org/index.php/tallinn-2017.html
All presentations can be downloaded here:
1. EU EIP_East-West corridor introduction
2a. BRA Parking Lots_20160629
3. Smart E67 presentation 290616
5. Tallinna esitlus (Maanteeamet) 29.06.16
7. IBRC 2017 adv
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