INTERFACE initiative grows: Further improved passenger links and investments in Poland, Denmark and Germany

Upgrade project INTERFACE PLUS receives funding from the South Baltic Programme

04.11.2010


The INTERFACE community for developing cross-border passenger traffic in the South Baltic area grows further. The Steering Committee of the South Baltic Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013 approved funding for additional activities on 29 September 2010.
The “upgrade” project INTERFACE PLUS complements the INTERFACE initiative in two ways:

  • The services for foot passenger on the axis Rostock – Gedser will be further improved. In close cooperation with Rostock Gedser ferry line operator Sandlines, The Public Transport Association Warnow (Greater Rostock Area), the Public Transport Operator “Movia” (Sealand) and Guldborgsund Municipality (Denmark) will set up a dynamic passenger information system between Rostock Inner City and Nykøbing City Centre. It will give travellers real-time information on schedules, delays or transfer times that will be available on screens at busses, terminals and stations. The system starts operating in 2012, when new ferries with larger passenger capacities arrive on the route. It will be the first cross-border information facility of its kind in the Baltic Sea Region.

  • The INTERFACE initiative will extend its geographic scope by integrating a further link. Existing passenger lines between Northern Poland (Darłowo / Ustka / Kolobrzeg) and the Danish island of Bornholm (Nexø) will be improved on the basis of the approach and lessons learnt within the INTERFACE project. Municipalities and sea ports will cooperate in optimising sailing times and hinterland connections, promoting the routes as well as improving passenger services. This includes the (re-)construction of the terminals in Ustka, Darłowo and Nexø. The new facilities are to be opened in summer 2013. They are designed in view of accommodating a car ferry connection that is envisaged in medium term.        

The Public Transport Association Warnow leads the INTERFACE PLUS partnership that consists of seven ports, local authorities and public transport providers from Germany, Denmark and Poland. Three of them are newcomers in the INTERFACE initiative, whereas four partners were already previously involved but extend their activities. 13 further local authorities, ferry operators and tourist organisations support the partners in the implementation. The project runs from October 2010 to September 2013. The total costs for realising the activities amount to 2,9 million Euro, of which 2,3 million Euro are ERDF co-financing from the South Baltic Programme.

We will keep you updated on the project and its results on this website and in the upcoming INTERFACE newsletters!