Green Jutland Corridor conference in Larvik

We congratulate the Grønn Jyllandskorridor on the extremely successful conference they held in Larvik on February 7th!

Opened by the Mayor of Larvik kommune, Birgitte Gulla Løken , and the County Chair of Vestfold fylkeskommune, Anne Strømøy, the conference centered on international cross-border freight transport along the Western Scandinavian route. The question underlining the event: How to create a green, multimodal Jutland Corridor – which, according to the soon-to-be-approved TEN-T regulation revision, will become an integral part of our Corridor.

Under the auspices of the Grønn Jyllandskorridor, an Interreg Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerrak project, representatives from local and regional authorities, EU and national politicians, infrastructure managers, transport operators, terminals, and ports shared perspectives, insights, and news on the Corridor’s future and its possibilities in terms of economic growth and development.

The bottom line? We need more coordination and harmonization of planning and investments in infrastructure on both the Danish and Norwegian sides and across the whole transport sector. In this context, rail can and must play a central role as the most sustainable transport mode. This was also ScanMed RFC’s message, represented in Larvik by Project Implementation Manager Sven Marius Gjeruldsen-Halle.

Moreover, in great news for rail freight, during the event DB Cargo Scandinavia announced, in cooperation with Nordjyske Jernbaner A/S, the incoming launch of the first freight train connection between the Port of Hirtshals – Hirtshals Havn and Germany. The pilot project, which will start on May 3rd, 2024, promises to be a game changer in the establishment of a permanent rail connection between Norway and the rest of the continent via the Skagerrak strait. Yet another milestone in our collective efforts to strengthen the modal shift from rail to road!