The EU has agreed to co-finance a study to build a new railway yard on the outskirts of Rotterdam in Holland. The study precedes the construction of the yard, which will give the port more capacity to handle rail freight.
The study concerns the design and procurement procedures required to the yard’s capacity. Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe and will be the starting point of Priority Project 24 (Railway axis Lyon/Genova-Basel-Duisburg-Rotterdam/Antwerpen).
It is hoped that the new yard will remove a significant freight transport bottleneck and increase the port’s share of intermodal rail freight traffic.
BY filling the capacity gaps on the inland rail freight corridor, it should trigger economic growth and development in Europe by ensuring an efficient maritime and continental freight transport chain.
The study is expected to be completed by May 2012.
The studies are preparing the following railway components that will be added to the existent layout of Maasvlakte West, located on the west