Since the beginning of the year, Metrans has been running a new inland terminal in Usti nad Labem in North Bohemia, an important European hub for freight flows. Metrans thus improves its services for the industrial areas and agglomerations of North Bohemia and South-East Saxony.
Ideal Interface Between Hamburg and Prague
The Usti nad Labem terminal lies directly on the main rail line between the German seaports and the Metrans hub terminal in Prague, the inland hub serving the Czech Republic. Thus, the terminal boasts up to six daily connections with the Port of Hamburg. In additoin, the Czech Metrans hub terminal in Ceska Trebova also offers daily departures. The terminal is the ideal point for shunting operations. Trains on this stretch can be combined with other railcars or car groups without the need to divert to remote marshalling yards, thus saving precious time.
Similarly, Metrans can handle cargo from the North Bohemia and South-East Saxony regions with much less effort than previously.
Multi-Modal And Time-Saving
As the Czech name indicates, Usti nad Labe is located on the banks of the Elbe river. Being multi-modal, the terminal can handle inland water vessels as well trains and trucks, the latter benefitting from easy access to the nearby Dresden to Prague motorway. The terminal has two sections. One of around 7,000 square metres with three 120-metre rail sidings, equipped with a rail gantry crane covering a 40-metre span. The second, around 6,000 square metres, with a 400-metre rail siding, is served by two reach-stackers.
Better Hinterland Services
Klaus-Dieter Peters, Chairman of the Executive Board of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), explains: “By putting the Usti nad Labem terminal into operation, we are advancing our already successful hinterland services by optimising the transport chain between the seaports and the central European hinterland. To do this, we rely on our own facilities and rolling stock. Very favourable growth figures for our intermodal subsidiary Metrans underline this strategy. With the new Usti nad Labem terminal we are expanding our market position further.”
Jiri Samek, Managing Director of the Metrans Group, points out the advantages: “With the Usti nad Labem terminal, we are linking the dynamic North Bohemia and South-East Saxony growth regions closer to the Metrans network. This is especially valuable for the customers who have up to now used trucks to Hamburg or Prague. We can offer them an economically attractive and ecologically worthwile service.”
In October the Metrans Group took delivery of the first of twenty new TRAXX multi-system locomotives. They will primarily be used between Hamburg/Bremerhaven and the Czech Republic, Slovakia as well as Hungary.