Rotterdam port authority (HBR) is considering the construction of a multi-user rail ontainer terminal at the Maasvlakte II estate, to accommodate container shuttle trains and other block train services. It is also coming under growing pressure to build an internal truck lane for inter-terminal traffic (ITT) linking all the MVI and MVII terminals. A common user rail service centre (RSC) is needed, said HBR Board member Paul Smits, speaking at the port’s 1H/2013 results conference, as the two container terminals at MVII phase 1 cannot on their own fill a block train to, say, Poland or Italy. Outbound shuttle trains could be consolidated there from partial trains loaded at the terminals’ own on-dock rail facilities. Conversely, incoming trains would be split into groups of railcars for oncarriage to the respective export terminal. The new RSC would not just be a train formation centre, however, as it would also be equipped to handle containers, to maximise flexibility.
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