CLIP Group builds largest rail intermodal hub in Poland

2021/09/23 at 12:10 PM

Rail Mega Hub CLIP is being built in Jasin near Poznań. After expansion, it will be the largest intermodal terminal in Poland. This is a response to the needs of the rapidly growing intermodal freight transport.

Rail Mega Hub CLIP in Jasin near Poznań, source: CLIP GRoup

Intermodal transport in Poland is developing steadily. In the second quarter of 2021, the Polish rail carriers transported 743,000 TEU, which means an increase by 24.4 per cent compared to the previous year. Meanwhile, the transport performance of Polish carriers was 2 billion tonne-kilometres. The shares of combined transport in the freight volumes of the Polish railways amounted to 14.8 per cent and, as the Office of Rail Transport (UTK) emphasises, this number has been steadily increasing in recent years.

Intermodal transport is the most dynamically developing branch of rail freight in Poland. Thanks to the convenient location of the country, the transport policy of the European Union, which supports this type of transport and the modernisation of rail infrastructure. The demand for intermodal services in Poland is constantly growing. These services are popular especially among freight forwarders who handle large volumes of shipments.

Sunset at Rail Mega Hub CLIP in Jasin near Poznań, source: CLIP GRoup

CLIP Group responds to the growing interest in combined rail transport in Poland and implements a key investment, which is the expansion of the intermodal terminal in Jasin near Poznań. It is one of the most important logistics hubs in Central Europe, located at the crossroads of the transcontinental east-west and north-south lines.

Rail Mega Hub CLIP is being built in the centre of Poland. This terminal will be able to handle eight trains simultaneously. It will be possible to handle 24 trains within 24 hours. The annual throughput capacity of the terminal will be 533,000 TEU. Rail Mega Hub CLIP will have connections with many destinations in Poland and other European countries. The hub will handle the transport on the New Silk Road between China and Europe.

Combined transport at Rail Mega Hub CLIP in Jasin near Poznań, source: CLIP Group

CLIP Group has recently completed the assembly of three new 96-metre-wide RMG cranes, which are among the largest of their kind in Europe. The gantry cranes will be able to stack four containers vertically and will be equipped with a folding gripper for lifting intermodal semi-trailers. Upon the completion of construction, the terminal will have 12 train tracks, each 750-metre-long. Rail Mega Hub CLIP is also the first terminal in Poland where it is possible to reload semi-trailers using the Lohr Railway System, which is a response to the development of this perspective segment of transport.

Investment by CLIP Group is co-financed by the European Union from the Cohesion Fund under the Operational Program Infrastructure and Environment 2014-2020, Priority III – Development of the TEN-T road network and multimodal transport, Measure 3.2 – Development of maritime transport, inland waterways and multimodal connections. The total value of the project is set at 202,260,680.66 złoty. The total length of the tracks in Rail Mega Hub CLIP will be over 27 kilometres, and the value of the entire infrastructure exceeds the budget of this project. Rail Mega Hub Clip is part of 6th Freight Village of Europe – www.clip-group.com

RMG cranes at Rail Mega Hub CLIP in Jasin near Poznań, source: CLIP GRoup

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