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Europe's largest railway marshalling yard modernised

Official ceremony after the 230 million euro investment. Already today, it is frequented by more than 150 cargo trains per day.

On Monday, the completion of extensive modernisation works of the Maschen marshalling yard was celebrated. Since 2009, more than 230 million euro have been invested into Europe’s largest facility of its kind, located in the south of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region.

150 freight trains per day, with numbers rising.

Rüdiger Grube, CEO of Deutsche Bahn A, Enak Ferlemann, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Federal Ministry of Transport, and Hamburg’s First Mayor Olaf Scholz gave the signal for a wagon ride over the hump in the renewed track systems.

“We are delighted to be celebrating the completion of the modernization today, and thus on the date of the 37th birthday of the marshalling yard Maschen,” Grube said. He continued:” Over the past five years, great things were done during operation. The investment is money well spent for the North German ports and their rail link money well invested. Already, up to 150 arriving and departing freight trains are handled here on weekdays, with figures rising. “

Hamburg’s First Mayor Olaf Scholz congratulated Deutsche Bahn on the modernisation of the rail yard: “To modernise the heart of Northern Europe’s railway network while full in operations in is a planer’s masterpiece that truly impressed me.”

German sea ports to annually grow by 2.8 per cent

To continue handling the traffic with high quality, while simultaneously installing modern technology had been of great importance for all partners and region depending on its smooth operation. Scholz continued: “The ever-growing world trade will also ensure further growth in freight traffic in the German ports, and thus also here in Maschen.“

According to the sea cargo forecast, German seaports will grow by 2.8 per cent per year up to 2030. For the next 15 years, this corresponds for a 74 per cent increase.. For this reason, Scholz warned: “We must not allow ourselves to interrupt the expansion and renewal of rail infrastructure, but will need to modernise and expand the infrastructure accordingly.

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