Mobility of goods, people and competencies – and a modern and well-functioning transport system underpinning it – is a central pillar of economic and social integration, sustaining business, trade, travel and tourism. Integrated, up-to-date and sustainable transport networks, not least across borders, are key drivers of economic growth, job creation and ensuring a good quality of life for all citizens.
The STRING region is uniquely positioned as a nexus between the Nordic countries, Northern Germany and continental Europe. The transport infrastructure in the region forms a corridor that enables both internal and external mobility, and supports development of a more prosperous, liveable and sustainable society. Projects such as the Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link will only make the region even closer interlinked and, if handled right, support greater mobility, growth and low or zero emission transport systems.
Still, this will not happen automatically, and there is an urgent need for STRING to continue to building transport infrastructure to reap the full benefits of an integrated low emission economy throughout the region, and to meet the demands and challenges following new infrastructure development.
As the transport volume through the STRING region is only expected to grow, a coordinated strategy covering the entire STRING region is vital to develop sustainable transport solutions. These solutions must counter the long travel times and current inadequate transport infrastructure that is hampering further economic integration and investment.
To create a region where there are no barriers to the free movement of people, goods and competencies, making STRING one fully interconnected cross-border megaregion, we are focusing our efforts on the following infrastructure areas: