Executive Summary
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Achievements of the IIIB North Sea Programme
Projects 2000-2006
THEME 3 Improving Transport
NSP - Future
Shared Space

The North Sea Region comprises areas of different urban structures. A particular characteristic of the North Sea Region is its links to national urban centres outside the North Sea Region. Just beyond it there are two major national urban agglomerations: the metropolitan area of Hamburg, Germany with adjacent parts of Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein, and Antwerp, Flanders. The North Sea Programme’s role in this interesting context was to contribute to a range of measures to redress the imbalance that this geographical context creates.

Consequently, a priority in this theme was to work towards improving transport links between rural areas and international sea, inland water and rail transport systems. The role of regional airports and regional air transport systems was also a vital component. The theme recognised that transport is at the centre of everyday life but that it also provides new opportunities for business and leisure activities. Tourism is an important economic driver for many areas in the region and remains a major factor for traffic policy development. The theme, therefore, fostered new approaches to sustainable transport policies linked to the encouragement of new opportunities for tourism. Another important priority was to create a regional and inter-regional framework to support innovation and the uptake of new information technologies that sought to integrate isolated areas. The success of ICT supported business models and the increase of the take-up by businesses throughout the North Sea Region was encouraged.

   Key features              Main achievements and outcomes
Inter-modal transport system
shifting cargo from road to waterborne transport
debating inter-modal solutions among politicians and industry
achieving competitive advantage and positive environmental impact trough inter-modal transport
development of cross-border infrastructure for hydrogen filling stations
establishing new or improved short shipping services
creating business-to-business co-operation between ports and industry
promoting ˇMotorway of the Sea˘ in the Trans-European Network on policy level
establishing transport knowledge centres
gaining expertise in moving short distance freight transport, from road to rail or water
Passenger traffic
carrying out new understanding of traffic movement within cities, towns and villages
Using good urban design to improve accessibility, safety, quality of life and local identity
innovative approach nominated for an annual award by The World Technology Network
facilitating use of alternatives to the car by different modes of mobility management
introducing strategies for high quality public transport in medium size cities and urban regions
attracting interest beyond the North Sea Region with best practice guide on High Quality Public Transport
Regional air transport system
best practice in the maintenance and improvement of rural landscapes
public – private model for agricultural products
sustainable development of national parks
economic impact on rural development and and out of season activity
accessibility of tourist attractions by developing public transport
waterways as a catalyst for the regeneration of urban and rural areas
yachting links between canals across the North Sea
classification of a recreational waterway network in the North Sea Region


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