Thursday, February 8, 2018

New Intermodal Cargo Terminal Will See Road and Rail Freight Reduce Urban Pollution

Official Opening of Facility That Takes Trucks Out of the City
Shipping News Feature
SWEDEN – This week saw the official opening of the country's latest intermodal facility as the Arken Combi Terminal in the Port of Gothenburg, which has actually be handling cargo since the turn of the year, was formally declared ready for business. Freight can now switch between road, rail and sea at the quayside, and can do so much more efficiently than before, and the new terminal ticks all the environmental boxes with more than 100 trucks a day avoiding having to negotiate their way through the centre of Gothenburg, cleaner air coupled with higher freight capacity and improved transport efficiency.

The 65,000 m2 multimodal terminal is located beside the container and RoRo terminals in the outer port area. Containers and trailers can switch between road, rail and sea for onward movement to destinations throughout Sweden and the rest of the world. Since inception the intermodal facility already handles more freight than the old terminal at Gullbergsvass, which has now been closed. There, five trains were handled per day and already, seven trains per day are handled in the Arken Combi Terminal with the figure expected to increase shortly. It is anticipated that more than 100,000 trailers a year will change from one mode of transport to another at the new terminal. Magnus Kårestedt, Gothenburg Port Authority Chief Executive, commented:

“The Arken Combi Terminal is a long-awaited piece in the puzzle at the Port of Gothenburg. The market has been looking for ways of handling more goods more efficiently, and the city needs the former terminal area to press ahead with its urban development programme. We are pleased that we were able to respond rapidly to these wishes. At last we have a solid intermodal solution in place.”

The Swedish Transport Administration needed the old terminal site at Gullbergsvass in the centre of Gothenburg for the construction of the West Link rail system, an eight-kilometre, double-track rail link through the centre of Gothenburg. In response, the Port of Gothenburg decided that the time was right for the creation of a new, more modern intermodal facility that offered improved capacity in a better location. The Swedish Transport Administration is co-funding the terminal together with the Port of Gothenburg, and Lena Erixon, its Director General, observed:

“A new combi terminal in a location that is close to industry and the port opens up further potential for establishing a more efficient flow between road, rail and sea. We also have the added benefit of reduced pressure on the road system in the centre of Gothenburg with the rerouting of heavy vehicle traffic.”