The German CargoBeamer company is building a transhipment facility with two tracks in 18 so-called „double gate modules” in the immediate vicinity of the ferry terminal Calais and the Channel Tunnel. When fully completed, the facility will be able to unload and load trains with up to 36 semi-trailers, in a fully automated process within 20 minutes.
A consortium led by the French construction group Eiffage is carrying out the construction work. Operations are scheduled to start in late spring 2021.
Following a long and successful tradition, the northern French port city of Calais is thus consolidating its outstanding position as a logistics hub between England and the European continent.
The project is receiving important support from EU funding instruments with 7 million euros in financing and further funding from the French State and the Hauts-de-France Region.
Following the recent order for 216 new CargoBeamer wagons, the Calais terminal represents another important milestone for the company in the development of its core European network of highly efficient rail transport routes for truck trailers of all sorts, including non-craneable semi-trailers.
With the completion of the facility in Calais, many tens of thousands of semi-trailers of all types will be able to arrive and depart „by rail” there every year, automatically „board and disembark” and travel on to England by ferry or tunnel. The motorways are thus relieved and at the same time, the CO2 emissions in freight transport are reduced.