EU supports new rail-road transhipment hub in Calais

Land Transport

Source: European Commission, 2019-08-26

The CargoBeamer group and Calais Promotion have received a grant from the European Union up to a maximum of just over €7 million for the construction of a new rail-road terminal in the vicinity of Calais. This multimodal terminal is a key step in the beneficiaries’ plans to extend services on key freight routes and to strengthen the logistic functions of the hub of Calais by allowing freight trailers that normally cannot be moved by crane to be transferred from lorries onto trains and vice-versa.

Calais is the major transit hub between continental Europe and the UK. Located on the North Sea-Mediterranean Core Network Corridor, the Port of Calais channels roughly half of all trade between mainland Europe and the UK, with traffic expected to double by 2021 compared to 2019 values. CargoBeamer is a logistics company, which has developed an innovative system for the automated transfer of freight trailers to and from rail carriages, thereby allowing for smoother operations in multi-modal terminals and offering new opportunities in transhipment markets.

The innovative technology rolled out in this Action will support the modal shift from road to rail and will improve the environmental performance of the transport sector, reduce congestion in and around Calais itself and improve the efficiency and safety of transport. Furthermore, the creation of the new rail-road combined transport terminal, expected to be delivered by 2022, will improve freight traffic flows beyond the city itself and into France, the UK and the rest of Europe.

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