New northern transport route was a goal

The Northern Axis – Barents Link project aimed to develop an east-west transportation corridor and cross-border mobility in the Barents Euro-Arctic region. The project investigated the potential of key transportation infrastructures in the participating areas, as well as the Northern Axis and Barents Link transportation corridors. The goal was to identify bottlenecks within the transportation corridor and, thereby, further harmonize its development. The project sought to enhance understanding and define the impacts of various initiatives on transportation routes and networks, including their effects on economic sustainability.

After the Russian aggression towards Ukraine, the common east-west corridor planning with Russia was cancelled. 

More information on the project is on the website of the Lead Partner

Project: Northern Axis – Barents Link

Lead Partner: Regional Council of Kainuu

Other partners:

  • Futurum AS, Narvik
  • Northern (Arctic) Federal University, Arkhangelsk
  • The Local Federation of East Lapland, Kemijärvi
  • Strategic Partnership «North-West», Saint-Petersburg
  • Luleå University of Technology, Luleå
  • Arkhangelsk regional road administration, Arkhangelsk
  • Association of International Road Carriers, Saint-Petersburg
  • Nenets Oil Company, Iskateley settlement
  • Finnish Transport Agency, Oulu
  • UiT, The Arctic University of Norway, Narvik

Basic information about the project in KEEP database