Calais Premier platform to feature road-rail transfer
21 Dec 2012 | Investment, Mobility
Germany’s CargoBeamer plans Calais intermodal terminal for 2014
German multimodal transport specialist CargoBeamer has announced plans to build a new road-rail terminal in Calais. “Freight traffic on European roads is expected to increase 75% by 2025, threatening the continent’s road infrastructures with gridlock. We’re ahead of this trend, meeting the challenge with an efficient, eco-friendly method for transferring freight traffic from road to rail,” says Hans-Jürgen Weidemann, CargoBeamer’s CEO.
Under the CargoBeamer system, trucks will unload semi-trailers onto special pallets called cradles. Once positioned on the cradles, the trailers will be loaded onto trains automatically using a conveying system of carriages, which are embedded in the platform and slide towards the train. The entire process of transshipping trailers from truck to train takes around 15 minutes.
“Road-rail technology reduces CO2 emissions by 70% and cuts energy consumption by 60%,” adds Hans-Jürgen Weidemann. CargoBeamer is planning two high-traffic European freight routes from Calais: an east-west axis through the Benelux, Germany and Poland to the Baltic countries, and a north-south axis through France, Germany and Switzerland to Italy.
The company’s road-rail hub will be completed in 2014 at Calais Premier, the biggest logistics platform north of Paris. Calais is the gateway to the UK for freight traffic, with 3.2 million trucks passing through the city every year.
Source : La voix du Nord – Stratégie logistique