NABL in a Nutshell

Northern Axis – Barents Link project (NABL) aimed to develop the east -west transport corridor and cross-border mobility in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region. The two-year project was implemented with the support of the Kolarctic 2014-2020 EU-Russian Cross Border Cooperation Programme.

The Northern Axis alone as well as Barents Link with Northern Sea Route as continuation runs through all the four Barents Region countries. Thus, the development of a viable regional economy can be achieved more efficiently and easily through cross-border cooperation rather than by regions acting on their own. The impacts of the transport project implemented in one of the Barents countries will influence the transport of the other Barents countries, and this project analysed the cross-border transport impacts.

NABL project was one of the tools to make changes for the better future in the Barents Region. The main project target groups were public administrations, business companies, educational and research communities. However, the final beneficiaries of the better connectivity are the people of the Barents Region who will benefit of improved opportunities of fluent mobility of people, goods and knowledge. The project team consisted of experts from four countries, including representatives of three universities; the Arctic University of Norway (the UiT), the Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NArFU), Russia and the Luleå University of Technology, Sweden.

The project activities explored the potential of the main transport infrastructure in the border areas alongside the Northern Axis – Barents Link transport corridor. The project identified the bottlenecks of the transport corridor to further harmonize the development of  Northern Axis – Barents Link . The project activities aimed to increase understanding and define the impacts of several initiatives to Kolarctic area east-west transport corridors and networks, including economic viability.

The work packages of the Project Action Plan also contributed to the Joint Barents Transport Plan (JBTP) implementation by developing evaluation instruments, infrastructure solutions and creating materials for further research work. Summary of the reports and evaluation of the results highlight the periphery’s possibilities and challenges. In addition, the results of the project studies should be integrated into the educational process to provide the expertise transfer to the students.

Barents Euro-Arctic Transport Group BEATA/Transport-(BEATA)

Partner Budgets

Regional Council of Kainuu, FI
Futurum AS, NO
Northern (Arctic) Federal University, RU
The Local Federation of East Lapland, FI
North-West Strategic Partnership, RU
Luleå University of Technology, SE
Arkhangelsk Regional Road Administration, RU
JSC Nenets Oil Company, RU
Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency, Oulu, FI
UiT, The Arctic University of Norway, NO

287 570 €
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89 683 €
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