The Trans-European Transport Network

The Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) policy addresses the development of a Europe-wide network of railway lines, roads, inland waterways, maritime shipping routes, ports, airports and railroad terminals. The aim of the policy is to create a seamless cross-border transport network without bottlenecks and technical barriers to strengthen social, economic and territorial cohesion in the EU.

TEN-T comprises two network layers. The Comprehensive Network represents the basic layer of the TEN-T, covers all European regions and is to be completed by 2050. The Core Network includes the strategically most important connections and links in the comprehensive network and is to be completed by 2030.

To streamline and facilitate the coordinated development of the Core Network, nine Core Network Corridors (CNCs) have been identified.

Two horizontal priorities, the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) and Motorways of the Sea complement the CNCs. The development within the corridors and the horizontal priorities is coordinated and supervised by European Coordinators, nominated by the European Commission.

The current TEN-T policy is based on Regulation (EU) No 1315/2013, which entered into force on 1 January 2014. A review of the regulation is ongoing.

The Bothnian Corridor in the TEN-T and the CNCs

The Bothnian Corridor, stretching from Stockholm and Örebro up to the border to Finland in Haparanda/Torneå in the east and the border of Norway in the west, is included in the TEN-T Core Network and a part of the CNCs Scandinavian-Mediterranean (ScanMed) and North Sea Baltic (NSB). The Mid Nordic Corridor, connecting the city of Sundsvall on the east coast with the cities of Östersund in Sweden and Trondheim in Norway, is part of the comprehensive network.

Among the many ports along the BC, the seaport of Luleå is the only core port. The seaports of Gävle, Sundsvall and Umeå are all part of the comprehensive network. None if the rail-road terminals in the BC are TEN-T classified.

The following airports in the BC regions are included in the comprehensive network: Kiruna, Gällivare, Pajala, Hemavan, Arvidsjaur, Luleå, Skellefteå, Lycksele, Vilhelmina, Umeå, Sundsvall, Östersund, Sveg, Mora and Örebro.