REPORT: The Bothnian corridor — the northern connection

A key factor for the future competitiveness of Europe is the accessibility based on the trans-European transport network (TEN-T). The Bothnian Corridor is a part of the European Commission proposal for the TEN-T core network.
It spans the area from north to south around the Gulf of Bothnia and connects with the west-eastbound Nordic Triangle corridor in southern Finland and central Sweden. In Finland, the core of the Bothnian Corridor is the main railway line from Helsinki via Tampere and Oulu and highways 4 and 29 through Jyväskylä and Oulu to Tornio and on to Sweden.

The sub-regions in the Bothnian Corridor area comprise the strongest growth area in Finland. The corridor with its ports is a strategically important transport route for Finnish and Swedish industries, especially export-oriented extractive, metal, and mining industries. At the moment, the traffic system of the corridor has many bottlenecks causing expenses, delays and uncertainty for business activities that depend on transports. The development of the Bothnian Corridor is a necessary precondition for ensuring the sustainable economic growth of Northern Europe.

This is important also for the Midnordic Green Transport Corridor.

The report has been made by two Finnish regional councils, in order to support the EU proposal . Download the report here. PDF

Uppdated: 2012-02-09
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