2nd Metropolitan Debate in Olivia is behind us. The representatives of the government, local governments and experts were talking in Olivia about mobility in Pomerania.
On Friday, March 2, politicians and experts met in Olivia to talk about the future of transport in Pomerania. Metropolis is, most of all, a hope of the residents of the whole region for the improvement of transport. Smooth transport was the theme of the discussion in Olivia. The following persons participated in the 2nd Metropolitan Debate in Olivia:
- Kazimierz Smoliński, deputy minister of infrastructure
- Ryszard Świlski, member of the Management Board of the Pomeranian Voivodship
- Edyta Damszel-Turek, director of Gdańsk Development Office
- Magdalena Kołodziejczak, Pruszcz Gdański commune head
- Krzysztof Rudziński, CEO of InnoBaltica company
- Marcin Wołek, councillor in Gdynia, transport specialist
The debate was opened by Olivia Business Centre CEO, Maciej Grabski, and the organiser and originator of the series, editor-in-chief of „Dziennik Bałtycki” – Mariusz Szmidka. – Where there’s a will there’s a way, that is why our ambition is to create a strong metropolis in Pomerania – he emphasised.
The discussion, moderated by Jarosław Zalesiński, ed., started with the most important, according to participants, issue, namely the priorities for the Pomeranian metropolis in the area of transport. Minister Smoliński emphasised that the basic problem, present in the whole Poland, is the unfavourable transport structure. – Even 40 years ago, 80% goods were transported by rail, nowadays road transport of goods dominates to a similar degree. If we don’t change it, we won’t catch up with Western Europe. We need to develop rail and water transport. People are getting richer, there are more and more cars, the development of road infrastructure will never keep pace with it. Statistics show that we go by rail more and more willingly, but there are still many white spots on the maps of connections, also in Pomerania. In recent years, many public connections in Kashubia have been cancelled – he explained.
During the meeting, there was a discussion about the meaning of the future act on the metropolis in Pomerania. There was also a talk about the role and effects of current cooperation between communes. A lot of emotions were stirred by: the issue of joint ticket platform for the Pomeranian region, on which InnoBaltica company is working, pilot metropolitan act for Silesia and spatial planning, which doesn’t aid – especially in the communes, which border with Tri-City – the active usage of urban transport.