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New rail shuttle between the Port of Gothenburg and Rosersberg

09:22 - 28 Feb 2022 / Press

2021 ended on an all-time high for rail traffic at the Port of Gothenburg and in 2022 the goal is to grow further. In January, Green Cargo introduced a new freight shuttle between the Port of Gothenburg and Rosersberg, north of Stockholm, which strengthens the conditions for further growth. Departing six times a week, the shuttle transports paper products and other goods from Rosersberg to the Port of Gothenburg, for onward transit to France and the United Kingdom.

In Gothenburg, goods are handled at the Arken Intermodal Terminal, located directly beside the port's ro-ro and container terminals. Photo: Gothenburg Port Authority.

“Rosersberg is an expanding region, particularly in the logistics sector. The establishment of a rapid, efficient, climate-smart link to the world using the full Port of Gothenburg service offering is extremely positive,” said Antti Laakso, Senior Logistics Development Manager at the Gothenburg Port Authority.

The shuttle began operating in January and can carry 40 trailers or more than 80 TEUs. The aim is to double the volume with two trains per day.

The prime movers behind the shuttle are DFDS and Green Cargo. In Gothenburg, goods are handled at the Arken Intermodal Terminal, located directly beside the ro-ro and container terminals, where they are then loaded and discharged for onward shipment to and from transocean and European markets.

”This is yet another example of the trend with climate-smart and transport-efficient approaches where each mode of transport is used where it is most useful. We are seeing a strong rise in demand for rail transport between ports and terminals,” saids Richard Kirchner, Market Director at Green Cargo.

The bulk of the freight transported by shuttle consists of paper products, destined mainly for the United Kingdom and France. On arrival in Gothenburg from Rosersberg, the freight is loaded onto DFDS vessels and shipped to the UK via Immingham, and to France via the Belgian port of Zeebrugge.

“We are happy to be able to offer a daily intermodal service in collaboration with Green Cargo that connects northern Stockholm and Gothenburg in a good way. The timetable is adapted to match our departures to and from Ghent, Zeebrugge and Immingham. It has also been shown that the solution is attractive for transit volumes between Finland, the Baltics and the UK,” said David Forsberg, Sales Director at DFDS Seaways.

The combi terminal in Rosersberg is owned by the logistics company Train Alliance and has two fixed terminal cranes serving four 750-metre parallel tracks. The 90,000 square metre terminal has a further 60,000 square metres to facilitate future expansion.

“Traffic has been excellent from the outset and there is growing interest from the market in this particular route. More companies are moving into the area and a new 460,000 square metre logistics park nearby will continue to generate further interest,” said Antti Laakso.

The aim in time is that all truck distribution to and from the terminal in Rosersberg will become fossil-free following the introduction of electric trucks. Construction of charging stations linked to the terminal will commence in August.

Fact file: New shuttle Rosersberg - Port of Gothenburg
Frequency: Six departures per week.
Capacity: 40 trailers or more than 80 TEUs per train.
Rail operator: Green Cargo.
Rail terminal, Port of Gothenburg: Arken Combi Terminal.
Journey times, southbound: Drop-off in Rosersberg by 4pm at the latest, collection in Gothenburg next morning at 6.30am (trailers), and 9.40am (containers).
Journey times, northbound: Drop off at the Port of Gothenburg by 7pm at the latest (trailers) and 9pm (containers). Collection at 8am next morning in Rosersberg.

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