The three northern Croatian counties of Koprivnica-Križevci, Međimurje, and Varaždin have agreed to work together on a regional master plan for integrated transport.
The plan aims to help establish a sustainable, safe and efficient transport system in northern Croatia.
Currently the region has a number of problems facing its transport network, including poor quality public transport, a lack of cycling infrastructure, traffic congestion and increasing use of personal motorised vehicles.
An integrated passenger and freight transport system is the goal of the project, which includes 5.2 million Croatian kuna (€ 690 000) in funding.
The European Regional Development Fund (link is external)is providing 85 per cent of this sum, with each of the three counties contributing 5 per cent from their own budgets.
‘We are aware that we have a poor availability of public transport and freight transport which reduces our competitiveness,’ said Predrag Štromar, Varaždin County’s prefect. ‘If we integrate public transportation we will have a lot more transport opportunities, and costs could be up to 30 per cent cheaper.’