Germany and the Netherlands join forces in rail freight policies
State secretaries Ferlemann (Germany) and Van Veldhoven (Netherlands) on a meeting in Berlin have agreed to join forces and further intensify cooperation on boosting rail freight. In the Letter of Intent, the following actions are identified:
- Development of rail freight based on technological innovations e.g. with a cross-border test bed for automated train operations, the use of the digital automated coupling system, standardized automated freight train operations in terminals or on industrial networks and automated brake testing.
- Joint expert group on funding of rolling stock investment.
- Accelerate the introduction of 740 m trains on cross-border routes.
- Contingency management in case of serious disturbances in the logistics chain including the occurrence of extreme water levels on the Rhine.
Read the complete press statement: https://www.bmvi.de/SharedDocs/EN/Articles/E/joined-forces-rail-freight-policies.html
Port of Rotterdam Annual report 2018: Space for today and tomorrow
‘Our world is changing rapidly and profoundly. Global developments such as the energy and raw materials transition, digitisation and changing goods flows have far-reaching consequences for all our activities. Flexibility and adaptability are therefore required in the further development and renewal of the Rotterdam port and industrial area. To maintain prosperity in our region, the Netherlands and Northwest Europe, we must create sufficient space for developments today and tomorrow. Our strategy therefore primarily focuses on innovative capacity, broadening the portfolio and enhancing the business climate.’
This is the comment of Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, on the 2018 annual report, now published online. Read the annual report highlights.
3. Regionalkonferenz Mobilitätswende 2019 (“Regional conference for mobility turnaround 2019“)
On Tuesday May 14, a regional conference for mobility turnaround is held in Ludwigshafen, Germany, by TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe and Metropolregion Rhein-Neckar. A whole session is dedicated to goods transport topics, featuring city distribution, mobility eco system and night logistics. The language of the conference is German. Participation is free of charge.