Further Development of the Strait Continues

Midway Alignment PRESSRELEASE 03062016


Further Development of the Strait Continues

INEA (Innovation and Networks Executive Agency) has now completed their technical review of the project application for the Kvarken’s Midway Alignment project. The project will not move forward to the next stage of the application process in this CEF application round. However, the project group will continue its work by evaluating the decision and the application and by preparing new financing applications.

“Even though the project’s schedule will be looked over due to technical reasons in this financing round, it is counterbalanced by the fact that the EU is constantly calling for innovative projects such as the Midway Alignment project. We continue to enjoy strong support from the Commission and from the Motorways of the Sea programme’s Coordinator. According to preliminary reports, a new CEF application round is due to begin in 2017. The work’s schedule will be looked over, and now we’ll regroup and refine the technical motivations,” summarizes Mr. Mathias Lindström, Project Coordinator.

“The factors that led to this decision can be fixed and we are enormously proud of the cross-border collaboration across country and party boundaries between the officials, the economic life and the politicians. The whole region on both sides of the Kvarken has truly supported this project. The teamwork continues, and we will fight until we find a solution that guarantees the transport route in the Kvarken region“ states Mr. Joakim Strand, Member of the Finnish Parliament.

For more information:

Mathias Lindström, tel. +358 50 918 6462, mathias.lindstrom@kvarken.org

Tomas Häyry, tel. +358 40 540 5412, tomas.hayry@vaasa.fi

Hans Lindberg, tel. +46 70 5890166


The aim of the Midway Alignment of the Bothnian Corridor is to improve the transport system in an east-west direction through Northern Europe and, at the same time, connect to the EU’s transport and communication network for its internal markets (Trans-European Transport Networks, TEN-T) and strengthen it. The improved transport route in an east-west direction will facilitate the access of freight and people to e.g. metropolitan areas, Norway’s ice-free ports and the rest of the world. In addition, the Kvarken region will become more accessible. The project is cross-border and multimodal to the highest degree, and it includes railways, roads and seafaring.


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