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Scandria Workshop in Świnoujście: Optimisation and revitalisation of “rail-sea-rail” passenger transport from Berlin to Scandinavia

Due to privatisation of national railway companies, the rail-ferry service Berlin-Copenhagen was discontinued since 1996. The big ferry lines focus car users instead. As Berlin is a big market with a low motorisation rate and many ecologic friendly tourism targets groups like backpackers or cyclists, the Senate Department for Urban Planning Berlin invited actors of railway companies, sea and harbour operators to a "round table". Focusing improvements for "foot" passengers, the participants discussed the opportunity to realize a coordination of time tables for ferry and train, common combitickets (rail-ferry), and the realisation of a smooth interchange between train and ferry.

Scandria-Workshop

In the result it became clear that Rostock started to improve for "foot passenger" by setting up a bus shuttle from Rostock main station to the ferry terminal and additional offers around the easyway ticket (http://www.easyway-ticket.com). The relation Sassnitz - Trelleborg is only private operated by a direct night train Berlin - Malmö, however there will be no regional train service to the station of Sassnitz (Mukran) to reach the ferry-connections to the island of Bornholm and the daylight-connections to Trelleborg. Świnoujście could offer an excellent interface for Berlin train passengers going to Ystad and Bornholm, but additional measures are needed like time table coordination in Szczecin, upgrading the railway line Berlin-Szczecin, and better access to tickets from polish ferry-operators. The Polish State Railway Company PKP and the Voivodship Western Pomerania will continue to cooperate with Berlin to realize further improvements.