WEASTflows Project

The Mid-West Regional Authority is participating in a new project under the EU’s Freight Telematics and Logistics Chains Management Strategic Initiative.  The project, called WEASTflows, is a 48 month project co-funded by the Interreg IVB North West Europe Programme with participation from 22 partners from Ireland, UK, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Germany.

General Aim of the Project

The WEASTflows project aims at the development of improved freight transport logistics systems and chains, in the context of North West Europe transnational transport corridors and regional/city distribution systems, in particular by using the potential of ICT technologies, especially in the context of intermodal transport chains (water, air, road, rail).

Specific Objectives of the Project

  • To develop and test innovative approaches to freight logistics handling and logistics chains, to include pilot projects and demo projects
  • To develop and demonstrate the potential of ICT for freight logistics management
  • To use the results for improved urban/regional planning systems
  • To improve connectivity and accessibility in regions and/or NWE international transport corridors
  • To improve the economic and environmental performance of regions (by optimising logistics transport with less external effects).

Mid-West Region

The Mid-West Region, comprising Counties Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary, is strategically located on the West Coast of Ireland and is an important logistics hub in Ireland with the Shannon Estuary and Shannon International Airport. The Limerick/Shannon Gateway is at the heart of the region and is an important contributor to the economic development of the region.

WEASTflows – Potential Benefits for Ireland

  • Opportunity to improve the connectivity from Ireland to the major North West Europe transport corridors
  • Opportunity to test out the latest in innovative approaches to freight transportation via participation in pilot projects
  • Opportunity to test out new ICT solutions and share experiences with European partners
  • The results of project will feed into the regional planning processes.

Further information on the project can be obtained on the MWRA website: http://www.mwra.ie/European_Union_Projects/index.shtml.

Alternatively, please contact Deirdre Byrne, EU Projects Officer, Mid-West Regional Authority (dbyrne@mwra.ie) for more details.