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Hafenbahn announces increased freight transport

Up to 220 daily trains travel through Port of Hamburg. Financial incentives for lowering noise and pollutant emissions

The amount of freight transported by the railway in the Port of Hamburg increased 3.9 per cent to 23.8 million tons in the first half of 2016 over the same period last year. The number of containers grew 2.1 per cent to 1.2 million in that period as well, said Jens Meier, CEO of the Hamburg Port Authority on Wednesday (August 31st). Speaking at the presentation of interim results with Frank Horch, Senator for Economics, in HPA’s headquarters in HafenCity, Meier added: “In the 150th year of its existence, the port railway or Hafenbahn shows that it offers contemporary transport solutions with the best prospects for the future.” Up to 220 trains with a total of 5,900 freight cars and containers travel daily between Hamburg and the European hinterland.

Soot particle filters and silent carriages

“Our IT system transPORT rail, which we introduced in 2015 and the investment in our infrastructure such as increasing the capacity of the Waltershofer Bridges, are creating more prerequisites for a good quality transport system,” said Meier. transPORT rail allows loading points in the port and rail transport companies to save and call up transport data such as track occupancy and transport orders. The Waltershofer Bridges will be expanded as part of the overall Burchardkai transport link project. A new railway bridge is due to start operating in October 2016 and more modifications will follow.

Frank Horch, Senator for Economics, said: “A top priority is making the port railway future-oriented and improving sustainability”, adding, “Emissions from pollutants and noise are to be significantly reduced. The HPA will boost incentives for using carriages with low-noise brakes as well as shunting locomotives with soot particle filters. Financial incentives will be given to this end.

30 per cent of goods handled

The port railway is part of the Hamburg Port Authority. It has around 300 kilometres of tracks of which 110 kilometres are electrified. More than 80 private sidings in the Port of Hamburg are connected to the port railway. Around 200 freight trains with more than 5,000 rail cars travel the tracks daily. At present, 126 railway companies are working on the port railway. Some 30 per cent of all goods handled in the Port of Hamburg are transported by rail.

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