The BGLC project has ended

The BGLC-projected is now finalized. 29 partners in five countries has agreed on the new BGLC Strategy, aiming to develop the future transport routes along and in connections with the Bothnian Corridor.

”I would like to thank all partners, involved stakeholders and consultants for all your time and engagement – you made the BGLC project! I trust that you will keep up the good work for many years to come.  And of course I would like to give a very special thanks to my colleagues of the Management Group who made it easy to manage the project. I am sure our paths will meet again”, says Ms Carina Aschan, Project Manager, BGLC, now when the project is finalised.
Download the BGLC Strategy here
For more information, please contact Lead Partner Region Västerbotten

Region Västerbotten
Box 443
901 09 Umeå

Telephone: +46 (0) 90 – 16 57 00
Fax: +46 (0) 90 – 77 05 91

This is also the last update made by Victoria Skeidsvoll, Communications officer. She wish you all a nice summer and hope to see you all again!


First day of BGLC Final Conference

Mrs Ewa May Karlsson, Vice President of the Regional Board, Region Västerbotten, opened the BGLC’s Final Conference on the 6th of March by welcoming all participants to Umeå.

Ms Carina Aschan, Project Manager of BGLC, summarized the work and outcomes of the project – and the many lessons learnt.

”The greatest thing was to meet all of you and your ideas and co-operation”, Ms Aschan said.”

”The worst thing was of course the creation of a map – that we all could agree upon,” a statement that made the audience begin to laugh, since all partners had been involved in this, what you might describe, tricky question.

Jerker Sjögren, Closer, moderated the conference. He welcomed Mr Helmut Adelsberger, former DG Move, EU Commission, up on the stage.
Mr Adelsberger has been one of the persons behind the TEN-T Corridor structure and the mapping of it.

“So I know all about developing a map”, he said smiling. Mr Adelsberger then continued by telling us more about what is going on within the EU, regarding the future transport network, TEN-T. This is of course very interesting for all partners, since better transport solutions in all directions is our joint goal.

Helena Kyster Hansen, consultant at Tetraplan, then talked about the BTO and the Baltic Sea Strategy, the BTO 2030 Reccommendations and the priority area 7 – Transports and Logistics, lead by Sweden and Lithuania.

The new sulphur directive and how the market has reacted was also one of here subject areas.

”We will se higher freight rates for the Scandinavian industry and increased competition from the continent. Actions from all levels is needed”, she said.

Rikard Engström, The Swedish Transport Administration, presented the Green Corridor concept.

”We will see an increase in transports, in some areas more than in others, and we have to solve it in an environmentally-friendly way”, he said.

Fredrik Öjdemark, Production Manager Scandfibre, one of the biggest logistic companies in Sweden, told us how extremely important logistics are for the company.

“Without good logistics, the production stops”, he said. Another reason is that logistics is a big portion of the turnover. “Each cent that wee can save per tonnes is good for the shareholders – and for Sweden”, Mr Öjdemark continued.
“Our owners are depended on an efficient corridor from Northern Europe.”

Tuula Untinen, Manager Logistics Services, Outokumpu Stainless in Tornio told us more about the company – the biggest in its league in Europe.

“Stainless steel is an ideal material to create lasting and demanding solutions 100% recyble”.

Ms Untinen also described how they solved a critical situation when the logistic chain collapsed. “By co-operation with Green Cargo we were still able to send 85 000 tonnes during a couple of weeks.”

Rune Arnøy, Director, Port of Narvik, told us about the study trips to Canada and the useful information that they now are taking care of. Port of Canada shipped out about 18 million tonnes of iron ore outbound and approximately 600 000 tonnes of different types of goods inbound during last year. By 2020, this is evaluated to be tripled.

“The study trips to Canada ports gave us a push. New technology development in the ports, needs collaboration at all levels”, Mr Arnøy said.

Jerker Sjögren summarized the meeting by saying, ”we all have to think outside the map – and sometimes turn the map upside downs to see the opportunities”.

BGLC Final Conference will continue tomorrow, 7th of March.

For more information, please contact Communications officer Victoria Skeidsvoll,

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The BGLC Strategy

The BGLC Final Conference was held at Folkets Hus in Umeå – European Capital of Culture, 2014. Day two started with a presentation by Demian Horst and Lorenzo Davali, both from Umeå Institute of Design – one of the most-high ranked educational institutes within this field in the world. Mr Horst talked about the school, the creative process and the life being a designer, while Mr Davali presented new transports solutions – but not by rails, roads or sea. Instead he is working on using existing techniques in a different kind of way, for example, daily life mini drones to help you get your groceries from the store.

Mårten Edberg, Region Västerbotten

Mårten Edberg, Region Västerbotten

 The BGLC Strategy
However, Bothnian Green Logistic Corridor is an EU-funded project aiming to develop the existing and future Bothnian Corridor and its extensions into an efficient, reliable and environmentally-friendly transport link between north of Scandinavia and Europe. Today, final results and conclusions summarized in the BGLC Strategy, was presented by Ms Edith Sorkina, Sweco/BGLC.

Increase in transports
Transport’s predicted to increase by 50 per cent by 2050 and better transport connections are crucial for the northern countries as well as EU. 90 per cent of all iron ore within Europe are produced in the north of Sweden and Finland. The two countries are also the the world’s second and third largest exporters of pulp, paper and sawn timber. In addition, the seafood industry in Norway is rapidly expanding with a continuous growth in export, especially to the Central and Eastern parts of Europe.

This increase in transports will stretch the existing transportation system to its limits. The need for efficient and environmentally friendly transport solutions is crucial for ensuring development within Scandinavia and Europe.

– BGLC has studied different fields of logistics which has resulted in a strategy for future work in developing the transport connections. We have focused on the Green Corridor Concepts, studies of regional economic factors, business models, pilots and last but not least – how to form a stakeholders forum, says Ms Edith Sorkina.

Ms Edith Sorkina, Sweco

Challenges ahead
Ms Sorkina broadly presented the studies made within the project (reports, click here) and listed some of the future challenges, still to be solved, for example,

–  quality and capacity
– strong differnces within the corridor
– infrastructure funding
– interoperability
– imbalances in flows
– east-west link
– many diversre stakeholders
– coast as a driving factor in transport decisions making

Variety of studies
A variety of studies has been made within the project, often in genuine co-operation with business stakeholders and industry. Several workshops in Sweden and Finland have also been held where partners and business representatives from all five countries have been invited.

– This co-operation – interviews, public consultations and workshops – has been very successful. The BGLC Strategy now represents the interest and views of both project partners as well as representatives from the industry and stakeholders from the logistic sectors and we have analyzed the situation both in short-term and in a long-term perspective ”, Ms Edith Sorkina said.

Click here to download the BGLC Strategy

Click here to download Ms Sorkina’s presentation

The Strategy in practise
BGLCs Final Conference then continued with a round table discussion lead by Ms Helena Kyster-Hansen, Senior Consultant at Tetraplan AS, who held a very interesting presentation during the conference. Helena Kyster Hansen had several questions based upon the BGLC Strategy which each of the participants where asked to share their opinion.

The panel represented both project partners and representatives from industry:
Ms Edith Sorkina, SwecoTuula Untinen, OutokumpuHelmut Adelsberger, former DG Move, Mårten Edberg, Region Västerbotten, Jerker Sjögren, Closer, Juani Tervala, Finnish Transport Agency, Pentii Hämälainen, Tampere Region, and Fredrik Öjdemark, Scandfibre. 

Subjects discussed were prioritized focus areas for the future. All participants agreed on that the discussion and co-operation should continue. “We need to keep on the discussions and strengthen our network. The people are already here.”

The end – and beginning?
Mårten Edberg, Lead Partner Region Västerbotten invited all partners to a new meeting in the autumn. “This is a beginning of a new start”, he said, which was a perfect conclusion of the work done within the project.

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Ms Edith Sorkina, Sweco, Ms Carina Aschan, Project Manager, BGLC and Fredrik Bärthel, Senior Consultant, BGLC

For more information, please contact:
Project Manager, Ms Carina Aschan,
Consultant, Ms Edith Sorkina, Sweco,
BGLC/Region Västerbotten, Mr Mårten Edberg, Strategist,
Presentations: Please contact Ms Carina Aschan, Project Manager.


Final Conference starts at Volvo

First day of BGLC Final Conference, and the project started with a study trip to Volvo Trucks in Umeå.

Communications Officer, Mr Denny Westerlund and Communication Manager, Mr Thor Persson, gave us a both interesting and fascinating story about the factory that  – if it wasn’t for the wife of Gösta Nyström, once could have been situated not in Umeå, but in Gothenburg.

Inventor of many patents
Gösta Nyström was the inventor of many patents and the founder of the steel cab. Nyström was also the one who made Volvo to buy his factory in Umeå, and not move it to south of Sweden.

Volvo in Umeå, one kilometers in length, situated close to the Ume River, has 2000 employees and produces 70 000 Volvo cabs per year.

Green energy
Power comes from the river and energy-from-waste, delivered by Dåvamyran. The cooling is pumped up from an underground ice brook on the other side of the river.

Infrastructure most important issue
Thor Persson, a true storyteller, talked about the importance of good logistics. ”Infrastructure is the only question that politicians should focus on, now during the Swedish election to parliament”.

Think creative
Thor Persson also said that we need to stop thinking of transports going in just north-south directions.

”Turn the map upside down or on the other side and you will have a completely different situation with many new transport routes in all directions opened up – which of course is very important. The new and growing markets are to be found in the east, in Asia and in South America”.

A perfect start of the day!

For more information about Volvo Trucks, please contact Communication Manager Mr Thor Persson: thor.persson@volvo.vom

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Interest in rail increases

BGLC has studied the need for freight transports from Umeå to Hallsberg and Örebro, continuing to Norway and Germany/Poland. A number of actors would open up the possibility to connect Umeå to BGLCs A2A corridor.

Good dialogue
A2A allows transport from northern Norway- northern Sweden – Hallsberg –Karlskrona, Poland, Germany, Italy and Croatia. So far, BGLC has a very good dialogue with companies in Poland, Sweden and Norway.

– If a critical mass of terminal operators and goods owners interested in transports from Umeå can be reached, it would open up possibilities to get an effective, reliable and environmentally friendly transport connection in both north-south and east- west directions.

Full train services
The improved E12-route and the electrification of railway all the way to the harbour in Umeå, with 4 hours reduced loading time, have contributed to the increase of interest among business and industry.

– In the long run, we believe in this solution. We would be able to start a full train service with three departures per week, more cost-effective and much more environmentally friendly than going by truck, says Rolf Wännström, activity leader within BGLC.

Huge infrastructure improvements
Given that the E12 route now is approved as being a part of the TEN-T  comprehensive network by the EU, and that the investment in the harbour of Umeå contributes to the improvement of the Bothnia Line, and also –  that the on-going TEN-T project “Midway Alignment”, with one of the aims to introduce an environmentally friendly ferry between Umeå – Vasa, we have a logistics and infrastructure improvement by far in Umeå.

– It’s only a matter of time before we see less goods by road and more goods by rail says Rolf Wännström

For more information, 
please contact Rolf Wännström, activitiy leader, BGLC:
+0046 70 825 69 39.

Read a summary of the report here and the final report ”Opportunity West” here

Image: Nina Sandvik and Rolf Wännström, City of Umeå, and Hans Dunder, City of Sundsvall.

A2A a success story

A2A – BGLCs pilot on a new shuttle connection between Bodø-Karlskrona–Gdynia, is more and less a success and soon – a reality.

– We have had an has a very good dialogue with interested stakeholders, companies in Poland, Sweden and Norway. Perhaps the Seca Sulphur Directive coming up in a year, has also speeded up the dialogue, says Leif Petersson, Project Manager, Region Blekinge/BGLC.

BGLC and development of A2A
In parallel with the project work in BGLC and A2A, the transportation industry has developed systems and business contacts. The completion of the Motorways of the Seas project resulted in the  new Emmbodabanan with direct connection to Alvesta, new electrified railway to the ferry terminal in Karlskrona, and a new intermodal rail terminal at the ferry terminal in Karlskrona (ferry line Gdynia and Karlskrona). Now, a new transport project will start on April 1, 2014.

New business co-operation
–Stena Line, Logent and Green Cargo describes it as a completely new way of making transport business with completely new line-up of combined transportation alternatives, says Leif Petersson.
– They are linking different rail and short sea alternatives together without fuss and complexity. There is one route to buy, one route to book and one route to be invoiced”, he continues.

Read more at:

Time and ost-effective
Calculations made by BGLCs consultant Fredrik Bärthel, SWECO, show that the A2A route – connecting Arctic Part of Atlantic Oean with the Adriatic Sea through northern Norway, via Sweden and Poland, Italy and Croatia – is both a time and highly cost-effective transport route for business and industry.

In addition, studies made by Maria Öberg, Luleå University of Technology concludes that the combination of train and boat is at least 40 per cent more energy effective than the combination of truck and boat. Read the report here.

Part of the BGLC
The new A2A connection and this line-up project is in line with BGLC’s goal and vision. The project aims to develop existing and future transport opportunities from the north of Scandinavia to the market in Europe, developing smooth and environmentally-friendly intermodal transport solutions from north to south and A2A is a part of our idea developing BGLC.

– The results from A2A shows that it is possible to change transport modes and going from road and sea, to rail and sea, saving time, money and the environment, and that is what BGLC is all about, says Leif Petersson.

More information, please contact: Leif Petersson,


BGLC Final Conference, 6-7 March

Welcome to BGLC Final Conference in Umeå – European Capital of Culture 2014!
We will present the new Bothnian Green Logistic Corridor’s strategy aiming not to define just a road map for BGLC in isolation, but to contribute to the on-going efforts and work done on the national and regional levels.

Also, we will have a round table discussion lead by Helena Kyster Hansen and offer an insight in future transport solutions according to Umeå Institute of Design.

Download programme with speaker and panel list here

For those of you that will arrive already on the evening of 5th of March, we have arranged a small gettogether in the evening of the 5th where we will have a guided tour at 19.00, followed by a dinner buffet at the new Guitars Museum. (Dress: casual)


Follow us to Volvo Trucks factory! Bus transfer from Umeå Folkets Hus, bus stop C. Departure time: 09.00.


Ewa May Karlsson, Vice Chairman of the Regional Board, Region Västerbotten, welcomes you to the conference.
Moderator: Jerker Sjögren, Closer.

Ms Carina Aschan, Project Manager, BGLC.


Helmut Adelsberger, former European Commission, DG Mobility and Transport (DG Move) on final results of the TEN-T policy review,  including CEF, and recommendations for future work for the corridor.


How will the transport and logistic sector in the Baltic Sea Region develop in the future? Helena Kyster-Hansen, senior adviser, transport and development at Tetraplan A/S.


Rikard Engström, strategist freight and logistics at Swedish Transport Administration presents the Green Corridor concepts relation to the Swedish Transport Administration and the BGLC-project.


Fredrik Öjdemark, Production Manager, Scandfibre Logistics, the largest logistic company in Sweden, specialised in rail transports for the Scandinavian forest products industry.


”When the going gets tough, the tough gets going
– Outokumpu Hire Rolling”. Ms Tuula Untinen, Manager Logistics Services, Outokumpo Stainless in Tornio.

Rune Arnøy, Port Director at Port of Narvik on future
opportunities and challenges in the north of Scandinavia.

19.00 Joint Dinner Umea2014, Rex Bar & Restaurant
One foot in the world and one in the local farms of Västerbotten.


Demian Horst, MA Programme Director for Transportation Design Education at Umeå Institute of Design, works at one of the world’s leading industrial design educations.


Ms Edith Sorkina, Sweco, presents the new Bothnian Green Logistic Corridor’s strategy aiming not to define just a road map for BGLC in isolation, but to contribute to the on-going efforts and work done on the national and regional levels, such as at the Barents Region and the Baltic Sea Region levels and at the European Union level.

Take part of the round table discussion lead by Helena Kyster Hansen, and contribute with your views for the future of transport in the BGLC area and the rest of Europe.

12.00 Joint Lunch, Umeå Folkets Hus.

Final Programme, speakers and partner list, click here

For those of you that will arrive already on the evening of 5th of March, we have arranged a small gettogether in the evening of the 5th where we will have a guided tour at 19.00, followed by a dinner buffet at the new Guitars Museum. (Dress: casual)


New loading routines reduces cost by 40%

Over the last decades, feeder transport by rail has undergone a significant change, where both infrastructure and operation are slowly disappearing. Truck has in many cases become the preferred mode of transport.

Profitable or not?
The question arises when new industrial areas are not being connected to the rail network and where businesses are not interested in using pure rail transportation and therefore do not invest in already existing tracks; is it because it is not profitable – or is it because they believe it is not profitable?

New study
Mr Fredrik Hagelin Royal Institue of Technology has studied first and/or last part of a pure rail transport assignment, often referred to as ”last mile” or ”pre- and post-haulage.” Some research shows that it is not unlikely that the attractiveness of rail has to do with the fact it is not competitive enough as regards its cost level.

How can we reduce the costs?

Mr Fredrik Hagelin compares current solutions with two different conceptual ideas, combined with a change of loading and unloading time, both for the current solution and for the conceptual ideas. All comparisons are made with one, three and five wagons and an equivalent number of trucks.

Cost reduction by 40 per cent
His study, Cost Effective Feeder Transport by Rail, shows that small changes in current procedures might change the outcomes in a positive direction.

– Simply by changing the loading and unloading window, the cost reduction would be almost 40 per cent, says Fredrik Hagelin, Royal Institute of Technology.

Read the final report here
For more information, please contact Mr Fredrik Hagelin,
Royal Institute of Technology
Traffic and Logistics
Rail Traffic Group
SE-100 44 Stockholm
Phone direct: +46 (0) 8 – 790 94 39
Switchboard: +46 (0) 8 – 790 60 00

First tool to measure rail investments

New tool measures positive or negative economic impact of rail investments
BGLC has developed a new tool for quantitative approximation of wider economic impacts of large rail investments.

– For the first time, it’s now possible to calculate and present estimations of different kinds of economic revenues – for example, how rail investments effects employment and thereby tax incomes and GDP for the region, says Mr Jukka Lindfors, WP5 Manager

What will society earn from a specific rail investment?
The tool, RegSweDyn for Sweden and RegFinDyn for Finland, is useful for regional transport and traffic planners, as well as spatial planners. It could also be very useful for national transport and traffic planners.

The north Bothnia Line, Mid Coast Line, Seinäjoki – Oulu railway line and other projects in Sweden and Finland, could use it to calculate and present their projects and how it will affect the society.

How it works
The tool is built upon CGE – Computable General Equilibrium models. CGE models estimate the economic impact of infrastructure projects and policies by calculating their impact on interregional infrastructure cost, value of capital stock, effective labour supply, and overall factor productivity.

– The only thing the user has to do is to insert the relevant economic input parameters into the assessment tool, says Mr Jukka Lindfors.

widerExample: Calculation of North Bothnia Line

Promising for the future
The regional economic effects of rail investments can then be evaluated for both the investment and operation period. Main interest in the results is related to economic growth and labour markets.

– This can be considered a promising start for a wider use of advanced, but easy to use, modelling of economic impacts in the transport sector in general and on the regional level specially, says Mr Jukka Lindfors, WP5 Manager.

Covers national areas
The Swedish tool covers 8 national areas and is based on a total of 64 scenarios of investment costs and 64 scenarios of benefits (cost savings). The Finnish tool covers 4 national areas and is based on a total of 100 scenarios of investment cost simulations and 100 benefits.

Generated a lot of interest
The tool (RegSweDyn for Sweden and RegFinDyn for Finland) has generated a lot of interests in Finland, where it will be presented at in one of the largest exhibitions in transport and traffic next summer.

– We are very satisfied but want to continue. Further work is for example needed to define similar tools for road investments and other forms of transports improvements, says Jukka Lindfors.

For more information, please contact Mr Jukka Lindfors, Council of Tampere:

Read the final Report, click here
Excel tool can be downloaded here
Webrail Finnish
Webrail Finnish
Webrail Swedish

All reports produced by the project can be downloaded from our website by the latest 7th of MArch. You can find them here.




New Strategic Nodes

The Bothnian Corridor transport network connects northern Europe and its rich natural resources to the most densely populated areas in Europe.
It is a strategically significant artery for securing efficient raw material transport and sustainable economic growth in northern Europe.

Most sustainable freight transport route
BGLC aims to develop the Bothnian Corridor corridor as the most significant sustainable freight transport route in northern Europe. Different modes of transport will reinforce each other and together serve as a well-functioning transport system.

Identifying strategic hubs
By using the nodes of the TEN-T Core Network as a starting point, BGLC has now analysed and identified the future potential of the new strategic nodes in sea and rail freight transport along the BGLC-Corridor.

Our objective is to increase the integration between northern Scandinavia and the Barents Area with the industrial chain and end markets in the Baltic Sea Area.

Read the new report
“Future Strategic Strategic Freight Transport Nodes in the Bothnian Corridor”, click here

Steering Group of this study included the following representatives:
Jukka Lindfors, Council of Tampere Region
Jussi Rämet, Council of Oulu Region
Dick Frasier, Madicco
Torbjörn Witting, Port of Kokkola
Jimmy Bystedt, County Administration of Norrbotten

This study was conducted by Ramboll Finland and Ramboll Sweden.
The consultant project
group consisted of:

Marko Mäenpää (project manager), Ramboll Finland
Antti Meriläinen, Ramboll Finland
Per Eriksson, Ramboll Sweden

Annex: “Strategic Transport Nodes and Links in the Baltic Sea Area”, click here