As of Sunday, the tracks of the port railway can be travelled by freight trains with a total length of 835 meters. Until now, the maximum length of trains in the Port of Hamburg was limited to 740 metres. This new offer is made possible through a joint project of the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) and the DB Netz AG, linking the Port of Hamburg to the tracks leading from Maschen to Padborg in Denmark.
Efficiency of Hinterland Transport Increased
“The operation of 835 metre trains in the Port of Hamburg will increases the capacity and efficiency of port hinterland transport”, explains Stefan Kirch, director of sales freight at DB Netz AG. “Both the port and the customers will benefit from this improved connectivity in rail freight. At the same time, the competitiveness of rail transport will be strengthened. “
Added Value At No Cost
“With the release of the 835 metres trains, we will strengthen rail transport in the Port of Hamburg. We are pleased to offer our customers genuine added value – without any incurring additional expense”, says Harald Kreft, Head of the Hamburg Port Railway at the HPA.
Joint Project of HPA and DB Netz AG
Since 2014, HPA and DB Netz AG have been working together to create the conditions for longer trains in regular operation. To prepare the operation of longer trains, both security and operationally relevant topics such signal distances and level crossing circuits had to be checked. With the required appraisals now submitted to the Federal Railway Authority and the State Railway Inspectorate Hamburg, the co-operation was successfully completed. From Sunday onwards, the Hamburg Port Railway will be ready for longer freight trains.
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