Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

Rail 2009-NL-00072-E

Optimising Rail Connection Port of Amsterdam - European hinterland (ORCAEU) – Elimination of missing links for intermodal freight transport


This project aims at clearing bottlenecks of the rail network inside the port of Amsterdam, and thus improving the connection to its hinterland. A considerable growth of traffic is expected for the port and the current infrastructure must be upgraded to cope with this growth.


These bottlenecks currently hamper the potential modal share of rail compared to road already at the beginning of the transport chain. By facilitating the move to a more environmental friendly mode, this project will thus help to reduce the environmental impact of transport. Electrification of one railway yard will directly contribute to the modal shift by rendering diesel locomotives unnecessary.


There are six interrelated activities comprised in this project which all aim at increasing the capacity of the rail network within the port and beyond:

  • Improved connection of the port railway to the main railway network
  • Extension of the Westhaven railway yard from 550 to 750 metres
  • Improved crossing by port traffic of the Schipholline with frequent traffic
  • Connection of the growth pole Africahaven to the rail network
  • Electrification of the Aziehavenweg railway yard
  • Upgrade of unprotected railway crossings at Aziehavenweg railway yard


This project has been completed.




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Member States involved:

The Netherlands


Implementation schedule:

Start date: May 2009

End date: December 2013



 Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management


Implementing bodies:


Port of Amsterdam


Additional information:

 European Commission, DG MOVE


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