Transporting goods via rail is particularly effective over long distances. Like inland shipping, rail transport also benefits from a good connection with the remote hinterland. Rail is an environmentally friendly alternative to road haulage. At Maasvlakte 2, rail transport will get all the room it needs to grow. In the existing Rotterdam port, 9% of the cargo is transported via rail. In the near future, the Port Authority aims to transport 20% of all goods via rail.
In recent years, increased flexibility and cost reductions have made rail more attractive as a mode of transport. In view of the growing number of containers that need to be transported, a lot of money is currently being invested in the available capacity of freight trains and rail connections. The Betuweroute is a good example. In due course, this 160-km long railway line will allow 480 trains to transport goods from Maasvlakte 2 to the German border every day. In Germany, the freight railway line will link up to the many-branched European railway network.
Modern rail terminals
The major terminals on Maasvlakte 2 will soon be the starting point and terminus of container trains connecting the port to economic centres throughout Europe. The new large-scale container terminals on Maasvlakte 2 (APM Terminals, Rotterdam World Gateway) will gain their own rail terminal, to ensure an optimum connection with the rail network. Tight control will ensure that the growing number of trains are able to use the railway lines without delays.