EUREKA project E! 2388 LOGCHAIN MUSIC has doubled freight train capacity on the intermodal service Duisburg-Lübeck, which links Norway, Sweden and Finland to Germany and the rest of Europe, through the development of an intermodal conveyor belt. The project not only created this innovative rail production scheme, but has also increased traffic volume and developed two new software packages to aid freight and port management.
“We examined the current freight routes and found that about 50% of traffic going via Trelleborg arrived at the port up to 12 hours before its departure on the evening crossing and overnight rail service to its destination,” explained Rainer Mertel, Head of General Marketing at the German lead partner, Kombiverkehr KG. “The breakthrough for the project was when we negotiated extra daytime freight trains to allow a return daytime service, thus doubling the potential freight capacity.”
The conveyor belt combines the Swedish service (Trelleborg-Stockholm) with the German loop (Lübeck-Duisburg), establishing Duisburg as a freight hub for links with France, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium.
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