Port of Gothenburg in Sweden has announced that it has opened a new terminal that will allow more freight to switch from road to rail for onward distribution to various parts of Sweden and Europe.
The 65,000-square metre Arken Combi Terminal, located beside the ro-ro container terminals in the outer port area, is open and has begun handling more freight than at the old terminal it replaced, with the new combi terminal already handling six trains and more than 100 trucks per day.
Port of Gothenburg's old terminal received around five trains and over 100 trucks each day.
Moving the terminal from the centre of Gothenburg to the port has generated a whole series of benefits.
The new terminal has seven rail tracks, a higher capacity, it is located closer to the companies that it serves, and it has a better-adapted road infrastructure to and from the terminal.
More than 100 trucks each day avoid having to negotiate Gothenburg city centre, making the whole transport process far more efficient, with less queuing and lower nitrogen oxide emissions.
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Port of Gothenburg is estimating that the terminal will transfer 100,000 trailers from one mode of transport to another in its first year.
Magnus Nordfeldt, Project Leader at Gothenburg Port Authority, said: “It is extremely pleasing to look out over the terminal and see everything working as it should.
“It wasn’t that long ago that we were sat around the drawing board, pondering over different solutions.
“Thanks to the excellent collaboration with our contractor NCC and the operator Sandahls Goods & Parcel, we now have a complete, world-class combi terminal and more quickly than we had ever hoped.”