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Gothenburg intermodal terminal to open in December 2017

Gothenburg intermodal terminal to open in December 2017
A depiction of what the terminal will look like when fully built in 2019-2020.

Family-owned company Sandahlsbolagen Sweden AB has signed a five-year agreement with Gothenburg Port Authority to operate the new intermodal terminal at the port.

At the end of next year, the intermodal terminal beside the central station in Gothenburg will move to the outer port area on the island of Hisingen, with operations to begin in December 2017.

The reason behind the move is the planned development of the city centre and the construction of the West Link rail tunnel.

The move will reduce road traffic in the centre of Gothenburg significantly according to the port authority, which hopes that the location will facilitate the introduction of new transport systems that will link up shipping and rail traffic.

Sandahlsbolagen Sweden AB already operates terminals in Luleå, Umeå, Sundsvall and Jönköping.

Currently, more than 50% of containers arrive at the Port of Gothenburg by rail instead of by road.

Increasing the number of road trailers carried on rail trucks has proved slightly more challenging, despite extensive ro-ro traffic from the port, noted a statement from the port authority.

Thord Sandahl, chief executive of Sandahlsbolagen Sweden AB, said: “I can see considerable potential to increase the number of trailer trains into and out of the port, particularly to and from the more northerly parts of the country and the Oslo region.

“With better access to trailer trains, the logistics situation for Scandinavian industry will be improved considerably and emissions from transport will be reduced,” he added.

Construction of the intermodal terminal will take place in two phases. The first phase will be completed in December, when operations are due to commence.

The terminal will be fully operational by 2019-2020. By that time, loading will take place using cranes instead of trucks and the entire terminal be electrified and controlled by signals.