rail transport

  • 2019 Port Developments in Cuxhaven

    The construction of new railway sidings will start Fall 2019

    (v.l.n.r.) Knut Kokkelink, Hans-Gerd Janssen und Hans-Peter Zint. Copyright: Oliver FuhljahnOn December 6, the Cuxhaven Port Association and port operator Niedersachsen Ports (NPorts) invited roughly 40 participants for a business breakfast and a discussion between local NPorts representatives and the Cuxhaven port community regarding current and future projects relating to the commercial development of Cuxhaven’s port.

    Knut Kokkelink, who is taking over from Hans-Gerd Janssen the role of NPorts branch manager for Cuxhaven as of March 2019, presented a series of development plans. Among these is the already approved construction of four new sidings of block train length on NPorts area adjacent to the Deutsche Bahn operated Cuxhaven train station.

    “At this time, we are still just in the planning phase, and we are coordinating with Deutsche Bahn. We are envisioning a Fall 2019 start,” reported Knut Kokkelink, who presently acts as Technical Department Director at NPorts Cuxhaven. The project phase will last roughly a year. The port operator will be investing approximately four million euros.

    Presently, NPorts operates one block train length railway siding at the train station to supplement the neighbouring DB-Netz infrastructure. This track is going to be replaced by the planned group of four 700 – 780 m long sidings in order to create additional push capacity for trains waiting at the freight station for a green light to proceed to the transhipment railheads at the Cuxport and BLG sea terminals.







  • Electrification of the Stade-Cuxhaven railway line

    DB Netz informs the management board of the HWG about the current planning status

    Umschlag eines Containers vom Zug auf das Terminal mit direktem Gleisanschluss. Bildquelle: Cuxport GmbH.Cuxhaven, 15 July 2019 – The electrification of the railway line between Stade and Cuxhaven is an essential prerequisite for the expansion of port transhipment and the optimisation of public passenger transport between Cuxhaven and Hamburg – this was the topic of the 241st board meeting of the Cuxhaven Port Authority (HWG) on 1 July 2019, for which the HWG management board invited Michael Körber, Head of Customer Management and Northern Regional Timetable at DB Netz, to attend.

    In the meantime, the long-awaited electrification project has moved up to the category of urgent need of the Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan 2030, confirmed Michael Körber. Concrete planning should begin in 2020. However, the elimination of the single track line in the area of the river Oste crossing is not part of the measure. Due to the nevertheless significant construction measures, one has to go through the usual approval procedures including a planning approval. Against this background, Michael Körber sees the completion of the electrification towards the end of the 2020s.

    The HWG management board thanked Michael Körber for this status report and suggested that all available acceleration possibilities should be exploited. "The electrification of the railway line has a number of positive effects. The shortening of journey times in public passenger transport to Hamburg is an outstanding measure for the integration of the areas in the Hamburg metropolitan region and makes a considerable contribution to increasing the attractiveness of Cuxhaven as a tourist location. In the area of port transhipment, the rail connection to the hinterland is burdened by the increased costs of the current diesel traction. Here, electrification offers the opportunity to open up more distant cargo sources through environmentally friendly and efficient rail transport. In this way, the competitiveness of the port location can be secured," said Hans-Peter Zint, Chairman of the HWG.

    Michael Körber added: "We as DB Netz are aware of the importance of the rail connection to Cuxhaven. Accordingly, we ensure that this measure is implemented with the necessary vigour."

    Diesel locomotives are currently in service on the railway line between Hamburg and Cuxhaven, as there are no overhead lines between the station of Stade and the Cuxhaven terminus. The route is mentioned in the Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan 2030 under the category "urgent need". The electrification of the railway line would eliminate the need to change locomotives for freight traffic on the line. In addition, regional trains could travel at higher speeds, which would significantly shorten travel times in local passenger transport.


    About HWG
    The Cuxhaven Port Association (HWG) represents the interests of Cuxhaven’s maritime companies, institutions and private individuals united by the common goal of marketing and further developing the port at the mouth of the river Elbe. The HWG also promotes Cuxhaven’s standing as the most important port site for offshore wind energy in Germany. Current news about the HWG can be found on the Homepage, on LinkedIn and Twitter.


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