Background

Taking the Baltic Sea passage by ferry as foot passenger has clearly lost its importance during the last decades. Ferry operators and ports obtain major revenues with cars and cargo transport. Accordingly, their services have been adjusted to these target groups only. This trend has triggered a circuit, leading to negative effects becoming obviously on many different levels:

  • The trend of modernising transport modes to service oriented hubs did not yet reach SBA ferry ports. Especially with regard to foot passengers standard in service infrastructure provided is insufficient. Handicapped particularly suffering bad accessibility.
  • Transport means linking ports (with isolated location) with city centres lack intermodal and cross border interoperability. Timetables on linking traffics and information about delays essential for foot passengers are not available.
  • Some SBA interfaces still have infrastructure gaps between port and city centres hindering smooth transport chains. Required infrastructure investments can be hardly justified for passenger traffic reasons only.

Consequently attractiveness of cross-border foot passenger transport is poor and suffers a low demand. Under these circumstances it offers just a limited potential to be developed to an environmentally friendly and comfortable travelling alternative.

INTERFACE is aiming to break this circle- with the help and in compliance with partners involved in the project.