Background

INTERFACE PLUS is an upgrade to the South Baltic project INTERFACE. Together, they constitute the INTERFACE initiative. The overall objective is to revitalize foot passenger transportation on ferries as comfortable, cheap & environmentally friendly alternative for cross-border travelling in the South Baltic area. Background is the diminishing share of foot passengers without car among the ferry travellers and the drop down in their absolute number in the last two decades.

The “parent project” INTERFACE was launched in 2009. It set the process to revert these trends in motion, with focus on the cross-border transport axes Karlskrona – Gdynia, Gdynia – Kaliningrad, Trelleborg – Rostock and Rostock – Gedser – Nykøbing. Activities include e.g. harmonising timetables of the ferries and public transport, inventing cross-border combination tickets for foot passengers and improving terminal services.

The “upgrade project” INTERFACE PLUS started in Oct 2010 and runs until April 2015. It complements the INTERFACE initiative with innovative pilot investments on the axis Rostock – Gedser – Nykøbing and widening its geographic scope to the axes Bornholm - Poland.