Railway yard near port of Moerdijk receives 7 million euros for upgrade
The Dutch government will invest 7 million euros in the railway yard at Lage Zwaluwe. This railway yard near the port of Moerdijk will be prepared to facilitate 740-metre trains from 2026 onwards. This has been decided in the context of the Multi-year Infrastructure, Spatial Planning and Transport Programme.
The government earlier decided to facilitate rail access to the port and industrial areas for 740-metre trains with another substantial investment. As the port of Moerdijk has invested in the same within the CCT terminal, it will soon be one of the first ports that can handle 740-metre trains from the main rail network to the port. “That helps our ambition of sustainable growth enormously”, Marika Menschik-den Hartog from the Moerdijk Port Authority management said.
Helping modal shift
The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management has made 7,260,000 euros available because the use of longer freight trains will make rail transport cheaper in the long run and thus contribute to the ‘modal shift’ from road to rail in the corridor. The investment will be spread over the next three to four years.