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Robert.Jervis_43227 Jul 21

Work to begin on new Calais rail-road transhipment hub

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CargoBeamer project, which uses an innovative system for the automated transfer of freight trailers, is expected to be delivered by 2022 and allow smoother operations in multimodal terminals and new opportunities in transhipment markets
Work is scheduled to begin this month on a new rail-road transhipment hub in Calais that uses an innovative system for the automated transfer of freight trailers to and from rail wagons.

The project – led by German logistics company, CargoBeamer, and Calais Promotion, the economic development agency of the Calais region – was awarded a European Union grant of €7 million in July 2019 within the framework of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme, a funding instrument for developing the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) with a budget of €24 billion over the period 2014-2020.

The funding provided by the EU covers around 20% of the total investment costs of the project, which amounts to €32 million, according to CargoBeamer, the logistics company that has developed the innovative system. The automated transfer of freight trailers to and from rail wagons is expected to allow for smoother operations in multi-modal terminals and offering new opportunities in transhipment markets. It is also expected that the creation of the new rail-road combined transport terminal, expected to be delivered by 2022, will improve freight traffic flows beyond the city itself and into France, the UK and the rest of Europe.

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