Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

Water 2012-DE-91054-S

Plans for establishing a locomotive service point at the Port of Hamburg to create capacities for hinterland connections (rail) and the port's rail network


The Action deals with rail improvements in Port of Hamburg by conducting preparatory studies for construction of a locomotive service point in the Port.


Rail freight transport plays an important role in the connection of the Port – Europe's third busiest - to the European hinterland. 11% of the entire German rail freight transport and around 34% of containers transported by rail use the Port's railway as point of origin and destination. The average number of freight trains per day will rise from the current 220 to 400 per year by 2020.


The increasing numbers of freight trains are also connected to a substantial increase in light runnings between the Port and the German rail network.  Even today, for this purpose around 400 individually driven locomotives travel each week between the Port, Hamburg and Maschen (nearest locomotive service point). By having a locomotive service point in the Port, its operational track will be relieved of these light runnings.



State of progress on 31 December 2014:
In spite of minor delays on the implementation of activities 3 and 5 the project is advancing as planned. Activity 2, establishing a rail operating concept, was completed during the reporting period.




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Studies: 50%

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Implementation schedule:

Start date: March 2013

End date: December 2015


Beneficiary & Implementing body:

Hamburg Port Authority


Additional information:

 European Commission, DG MOVE

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