In 2015, a total of 290,000 tonnes moved in bulk and finished products were handled by the port and the industrial railways. Both ship and rail thus showed a positive development in 2015. Last year, 197 barges called at the inland port of Lüneburg. They transported around 234,000 tonnes of bulk. Lüneburg’s port railway moved 53,000 tonnes in bulk and finished products. If these volumes had been trucked, they would have corresponded to 13,000 trips by trucks or a chain of trucks boasting 400 kilometres in length.
Growing turnover of Agricultural Products
The positive development was mainly due to an increase in throughput of agricultural products (plus 62 per cent) and mineral products (plus 29 per cent). The growth was mainly caused by the 2015 settlement of a construction materials business with its own hub in the port of Lüneburg. A further increase of cargo throughput is expected by the extension of the Raiffeisen Getreidelagerhaus Lüneburg-Embsen GmbH. The company plans to build on a plot of land already acquired a new storage hall for corn that can be accessed by both rail and ship with modern handling equipment.
Port with Further GrowthPotential
Built in connection with the construction of the Elbe lateral canal in 1975/6, the inland port still boast further development potential. With its seven berths for barges and its rail infrastructure, Lüneburg the largest inland port on the “Elbeseitenkanal” and perfectly suited for the simultaneous handling of several barges and freight trains.
Assuming no change in economic conditions, the Hafen Lueneburg GmbH expects to witness a further moderate increase in the annual volume of cargo through the port and the Lüneburg port railways.
New Industrial Area for Harbour-Related Companies
Development potential is also offered headland in the east of the port at Elso Klöver Street, where a 1.3 hectare large site has been determined for companies active in port-related businesses. Lüneburg’s industrial and commercial areas are not only well linked to the trimodal port on the Elbe lateral canal and the port railway with direct connections to the German rail mainline of Hamburg-Hannover, but also to the A39 motorway as feeder to the A 7, the key axis of North-South transport in Germany. Lüneburg thus boasts not only excellent connections within the Hamburg metro region, but lies in the core of the trans-European transport network.
EU Funding for Companies
This unique position allows companies wishing to set up their business in Lüneburg to benefit from EU funding. Until 2020, the European Union supports the development of trimodal transport facilities and sustainable transport solutions for better use of transport such as rail and ship in the sectors of trade and production with the programme “Connecting Europe” (CEF).