The Port of Rotterdam Authority has awarded consortium SaVe the contract to construct the substructure for the Theemsweg route, hoping tp improve the railway connection between the western port area and the hinterland.
The re-routing of part of the port railway line will result in the increased freight train traffic no longer being hindered by shipping traffic, it noted.
The port authority sees the new project as a solution to a foreseeable capacity bottleneck for rail traffic due to the expected increase in rail freight transport and ocean shipping to and from Brittanniëhaven.
It added in a statement: “The re-routing of the port railway line across the Rozenburgsesluis and via Theemsweg will result in the increased freight train traffic to and from Europoort and Maasvlakte no longer being hindered by shipping traffic. This will significantly improve traffic flow.”
The SaVe consortium comprises construction companies Besix, Mobilis, Dura Vermeer, Hollandia and Iemants.
The contract comprises the construction of a raised railway viaduct of 4 km in length, including two steel arch bridges half-way along the port railway line.
It is expected that works will start during the course of 2018 and will be completed by 2020.
The contract is a subproject of the Theemsweg route construction: following completion there will be a phase in which the superstructure is constructed, which includes the railway and all associated systems.
The construction of the entire Theemsweg route involves an investment amount of around €300m (US$370m) (excluding VAT). The European Union is providing a €62m (US$76m) subsidy.
The remaining investment will be borne by the Port Authority and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.
The Port of Rotterdam Authority is coordinating, designing and realising the project in conjunction with ProRail.
After realising the route, the Port Authority will hand over the management and maintenance of the new railway line to ProRail.