Region Örebro County is one of the founding members of the Scandria®Alliance. The organisation is responsible for health care, public transportation, infrastructure planning, logistics, energy, environment and sustainable regional growth of the region. The regional transport policy is committed to contribute to the region’s ambitious aim to become fossil-independent by 2030.
Transport and logistics hub in Sweden’s demographic centre
The Örebro region has approximately 300,000 inhabitants and is located in the middle of Sweden at an intersection where important infrastructure at local, regional, national and European level meets. The Örebro region holds Sweden’s demographic centre, which provides a unique opportunity to reach more than 70% of Sweden’s inhabitants, including Stockholm, Gothenburg and Oslo (Norway) within a radius of 300 km. With the extension of the ScanMed European transport corridor, through central and northern Sweden to Finland and Norway as well as upgrading the city of Örebro to an urban node, the region fills an important function in the transport network in northern Europe.
Örebro region comprehends both vital infrastructure as well as several important hubs that are part of the trans-European transport network such as Örebro Airport (comprehensive network), the rail-road terminal in Hallsberg (node in the ScanMed corridor) with links to the Port of Gothenburg and the freight route through Bergslagen (ScanMed core network corridor) on which 90 percent of the EU’s iron ore is shipped from northern Sweden to European industries.
Two of northern Europe’s busiest roads, E18 (Oslo – Stockholm) and E20 (Gothenburg-Stockholm), both part of the core network, also pass through the region.
The region is one of northern Europe’s most important logistical hubs, with a strong multimodal offering. In the city of Hallsberg there is extensive rail-related operations with both the rail-road terminal and the largest railway marshalling yard in the Nordic countries – where more than 500 000 wagons are shifted to/from trains every year. Örebro Airport is one of Sweden’s largest freight airports as well as a national emergency preparedness node. The motorways (E18 & E20) and national roads 50 and 51 are strong freight routes for road transportation.
Focus on mutimodality in long-distance transport chains
There is a strong logistics cluster in the region that drives development forward with established cooperation between the business community, the public sector and Örebro University. The sustainability dimension forms the basis of the region’s multimodal offering and several initiatives are underway both within the region and in cooperation with external organisations and authorities.