Rail operator Green Cargo has launched a new freight shuttle between the Port of Gothenburg and Rosersberg, north of Stockholm.
The shuttle will depart six times a week and transport goods from Rosersberg to Gothenburg, for onward transit to France and the UK.
In 2021, rail traffic at the port reached an all-time high and this latest announcement will support its aim of growing volumes further.
Some 458,000 TEU passed through the Port of Gothenburg in 2021 by rail. Overall container volumes for the year reached 828,000 TEU.
“Rosersberg is an expanding region, particularly in the logistics sector. The establishment of a rapid, efficient, climate-smart link to the world using the full Port of Gothenburg service offering is extremely positive,” said Antti Laakso, Senior Logistics Development Manager at the Gothenburg Port Authority.
The shuttle began operating in January this year and can carry 40 trailers or more than 80 TEU. According to the port, the aim is to double its volume with two trains per day.
Richard Kirchner, Market Director at Green Cargo, added: “This is yet another example of the trend with climate-smart and transport-efficient approaches where each mode of transport is used where it is most useful. We are seeing a strong rise in demand for rail transport between ports and terminals.”
Danish logistics company DFDS has also played a large part in the development of this shuttle, as upon its arrival in Gothenburg, the freight is loaded onto the company’s vessels and shipped to the UK via Immingham, and to France via the Port of Zeebrugge.
David Forsberg, Sales Director at DFDS Seaways, also commented: “We are happy to be able to offer a daily intermodal service in collaboration with Green Cargo that connects northern Stockholm and Gothenburg in a good way.
“The timetable is adapted to match our departures to and from Ghent, Zeebrugge and Immingham. It has also been shown that the solution is attractive for transit volumes between Finland, the Baltics and the UK.”
“Traffic has been excellent from the outset and there is growing interest from the market in this particular route. More companies are moving into the area and a new 460,000 square metre logistics park nearby will continue to generate further interest,” concluded Laakso.
The Port of Gothenburg hopes that, in the near future, all truck distribution to and from the combi terminal in Rosersberg will become fossil-free following the introduction of electric trucks. Construction of charging stations linked to the facility will commence in August.
From the start of this year, green trucks have been given priority at two terminals in Gothenburg, allowing them to bypass queues.
Upon entering the Stena Lines Gothenburg-Kiel-terminal or the Gothenburg RoRo Terminal, green trucks have been guided directly to vessels or to dedicated Green Priority collection and delivery spaces.