Objectives


INTERFACE PLUS includes two sets of objectives and activities:

  • Implementing an innovative pilot investment on the axis Rostock – Gedser – Nykøbing: In close cooperation with the Rostock – Gedser ferry line operator Scandlines, the Public Transport Association Warnow (Greater Rostock Area / Germany), the Public Transport Operator "Movia" and Guldborgsund Municipality (Zealand / Denmark) set up a dynamic passenger information system between Rostock Inner City and Nykøbing City Centre. It gives travellers real-time information on schedules, delays or transfer times, which is made available on screens at busses, terminals and stations as well as via online travel information systems. The system starts operating in 2015. It is the first cross-border facility of its kind in the Baltic Sea Region and integrates five transport operators, two modes (bus / ferry) and two countries (Germany / Denmark).

  • Upgrading and strengthening the ferry services between Poland and Bornholm (routes Kołobrzeg / Darłowo / Ustka – Nexø): Existing passenger lines are improved on the basis of the approach and lessons learnt within the "parent project" INTERFACE. Municipalities and sea ports cooperate in joint marketing, cross-border liaising activities and improving passenger services. This includes the (re-)construction of the terminals in Nexø (opening in 2013) and Darłowo (opening in 2015).

The project runs from October 2010 to April 2015. The total costs for realising the activities amount to 2,75 million EUR, of which 2,26 million EUR are ERDF co-financing from the South Baltic Programme.

Benefits

The main target groups of INTERFACE PLUS and their benefits are:

  • Travellers (commuters, tourists) get comfortable, cheap & environmentally friendly (intermodal) connections for cross-border travelling in the South Baltic area.
  • Transport operators and ports gain new customers and generate additional revenues.
  • Cities and regions on both sides of the transport axes benefit from increased cross-border mobility, bringing them new visitors, costumers and business opportunities.
  • Handicapped passengers get improved information on handicap-accessible intermodal transport offers and new or renovated, accessibly-designed passenger terminals.