Project - Improving West Harbour - Old City Harbour mobility flows with smart solutions


Description (EN): Mobility is growing in Europe. The ferry connection between Helsinki West Harbour and Tallinn Old City Harbour is one of the busiest in the world with over 8 million annual passangers. The North Sea - Baltic TEN T Core corridor meets Scandinavian-Mediterranean TEN T core corridor at Helsinki, thus being a key node in the transport networks of northern Europe. Yet, already the current traffic creates substantial congestion, noise and other negative externalities at both ports and at both cities. There has not been common mobility planning and there are no cross-border ITS solutions. The project provides more fluent integration of different transport modes of this inter-city and cross-border traffic with planning and piloting of ICT-driven solutions, in order to reduce time in transportation for both passengers and cargo. The better flow reduces both time vehicles spend in port areas as well as the fluency of the traffic flow. This will also reduce CO2 emissions and noise. Also, lack of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) has been described as one of main missing links for the North Sea Baltic corridor. Cross-border approach is needed in order ensure end-to-end user-centric experience of the mobility as well as better planning: same or similar tools for the mobility users on both ports, tools for the ferry operators, urban planners, and data. Project contributes directly to the Central Baltic programme indicators R3.3 and R3.1 by piloting smart solutions that will reduce the travel time. The project contributes to these targets also indirectly: by contributing to open data and open source enablers for further innovations, and by mobility planning (SUMP) that further enable and drive towards travel time reduction in the mobility. Project creates also market references for smart port solution provider companies.
Expected Results (EN): R3.3. Transport flows of goods
Expected Outputs (EN): The main outcome is better management of the mobility flows of goods and people. The pilots directly impact R3.3 and R3.1. Currently peak times measure 30-50 minutes drive time for the first kilometer in out-bound harbour traffic. Pilots reduce the congestion and speed up out-bound traffic by average of 20 minutes per trip. PILOT A: Just-in-time logistics for Heavy Good Vehicles, based on truck parking at the ring-roads and mobile application that directs them to boarding. This reduces the time-in-city with estimate of 5-10 % per truck. This is also a key tool to manage the closure of the truck parking at ports. PILOT B: Smart management out-bound traffic, with dynamic mobility management with signage and integration to navigators and possibly to smart traffic lights. This integrates the unloading traffic to city traffic better, improving also other traffic. PILOT C: Smart Park&Ride for ferry passengers with private cars to increase the use of public transport for the port entry/exit. This includes easy real-time information and ordering of the park&ride and public transport options. This reduces the amount of private cars to the ports by 5%. PILOT D: Smart traffic solution pilot in order to increase modal split of public transport for travelers from Estonia to Helsinki Airport with ferry connection. PILOT E: Feasibility study with a pilot on Tallinn ringroad to improve the management of both commuting and international transit traffic flows with ITS solutions. IN ADDITION TO PILOTS: Integration of cross-border public transport and ferry options into the open source mobility navigator will lead to increased and easier use of public transport for various passenger groups. Tallinn Region Mobility plan indirectly impacts R3.3 and R3.1. It contributes to better management of mobility, and is harmonized with Helsinki Region plan to create cross-border approach needed to ensure the optimization in macro-region level.

Thematic Information

Thematics: Improving transport connections  Logistics and freight transport  
Specific Objective: Improved transport flows of people and goods
Thematic Objective: (7) promoting sustainable transport and removing bottlenecks in key network infrastructures by:
Investment Priority: (7c) developing and improving environmentally-friendly (including low-noise) and low-carbon transport systems, including inland waterways and maritime transport, ports, multimodal links and airport infrastructure, in order to promote sustainable regional and local mobility

Project Summary

Project name (EN): Improving West Harbour - Old City Harbour mobility flows with smart solutions
Project acronym: FinEstSmartMobility

Period: 2014-2020
Date of latest update: 2019-09-26


Project start date: 2016-09-01
Project end date: 2019-08-31
Project status: Closed

Total budget/expenditure: EUR 1.822.648,83
European Union funding: EUR 1.443.838,72

Project documents

The documents below were published as mentioned in field "Data source" (attached to each document). users are free to use these documents as long as the data source and are mentioned.

FinEst Smart Mobility Final Report
Type of document: ReportDate of the document: 2019-04Date of publication in 2019-09-26Language of the document: English
Data source:
FESM_Kyyti_Loppuraportti.pdf (PDF document file)
Shared rides from West Harbour to Helsinki airport, pilot report by Kyyti Group
Type of document: ReportDate of the document: Not availableDate of publication in 2019-09-26Language of the document: English
Data source:
FinEst API – Ferry traffic prediction data API, pilot report by Fleetrange
Type of document: ReportDate of the document: 2018-11Date of publication in 2019-09-26Language of the document: English
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FinEst Mobility App – JIT route guidance for truck drivers, pilot report by GoSwift
Type of document: ReportDate of the document: 2019-02Date of publication in 2019-09-26Language of the document: English
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Partners Data

Lead Partner (EN): City of Helsinki
Lead Partner: Helsingin kaupunki
Department: City Executive Office, Economic development division
Address: Pohjois-Esplanadi, Helsinki, Finland
Legal status: public

Department: Tallinn Transport Department
Address: Vabaduse väljak, Tallinn, Estonia
Legal status: public
Department: N/A
Address: Unioninkatu, Helsinki, Finland
Legal status: public
Department: Construction and planning department
Address: Pärnu mnt, Tallinn, Estonia
Legal status: public
Department: Business Development Services
Address: Asematie, VANTAA, Finland
Legal status: public
Department: Living Lab
Address: ITL, Lõõtsa, Tallinn, Estonia
Legal status: public

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