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EU Backs Construction of Theemsweg Route

Logistic News - Published on Mon, 27 Jul 2020

Image Source: Theemsweg Route Port of Rotterdam
On 16 July, the EU announced that it was backing the construction of the Theemsweg route to the tune of almost EUR 9 million in additional funding. The money comes from a European programme aimed at establishing a single cross-border network for land, water and air transport within the European Union. In the Rotterdam port area, the Port of Rotterdam Authority and ProRail are rerouting the Port railway line over a length of approximately 4 km to form what will be known as the ‘Theemsweg Route’. The new route forms part of the Betuwe Route, which connects the western port area with the hinterland.

The new section of line will cost around 300 million euros. The European Union had already made 62 million euros in subsidies available for the construction work.

In Rotterdam’s port complex, the first section of the Betuwe Route is to be redirected. The new route, the Theemswegtracé, will be completed in about 2021 and will provide a solution to the problems associated with the Calandbrug near Rozenburg. The Theemswegtracé is approximately 4 kilometers long and will run from Merseyweg, over a raised railway viaduct along Theemsweg, all the way up to Moezelweg via Neckarweg. The railway line will pass 2 arched bridges by the Thomassen Tunnel and the Rozenburgse Sluis and link up again with the existing track where it meets the A15. Modifications will have to be made to roads, railway lines, cables and pipeline corridors in connection with the construction of the Theemswegtracé.

The Theemswegtracé provides a solution to the problems associated with the Calandbrug near Rozenburg. This steel vertical lift bridge for rail, road and slow traffic in the Rotterdam port area is the connecting link in the Betuwe Route to the hinterland. For ocean shipping, the vertical lift bridge provides access to the Brittanniëhaven.

In 2020, the Calandbrug will reach the end of its technical lifespan. At the same time, a capacity bottleneck for rail traffic is anticipated, due to the expected growth in rail transport, as well as ocean shipping traffic to and from the Brittanniëhaven.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Mon, 27 Jul 2020
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