Transboundary integration and enhancement of public transportation system in a National Park region

National Park Saxon Switzerland
Published: 18 November 2016
Last edited: 29 March 2019
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Summary

Public transportation offers in the transboundary (TB) National Park region of Saxon and Bohemian Switzerland were successfully enhanced in a way that conserves natural landscapes while enabling an intensive nature experience for visiting tourists. A broad alliance of representatives from regional politics, tourism, nature conservation, transport and local population created a transportation networking concept whose implementation led to a significant increase in passenger numbers.

Classifications

Region
North Europe
Scale of implementation
Subnational
Ecosystem
Connective infrastructure, networks and corridors
Forest ecosystems
Temperate deciduous forest
Urban ecosystem and build environment
Theme
Infrastructure maintenance
Tourism
Transport
Challenges
Lack of infrastructure

Location

Saxon Switzerland National Park, Bad Schandau, Germany | Saxon Switzerland, Germany; Bohemian Switzerland, Czech Republic

Impacts

The project was a great success. The cooperation of the broad alliance of stakeholder representatives within the transboundary region has created a basic structure of attractive railway lines and bus lines. Furthermore the connectivity across the Elbe River is ensured by regular ferry lines, and the train station in Bad Schandau has been turned into the region’s central mobility hub. Coordinated and multilingual passenger information and marketing is promoting awareness of the transportation offers among visitors and locals. The implemented measures are visible in figures: passenger numbers have considerably increased, in particular on transboundary connections, where a doubling of annual passenger numbers has been recorded in 2013. A shifting to public modes of transport contributes to a reduction of damages on natural systems in the region of the two National Parks.

Contributed by

Sophia Fettinger University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna