The European Union will support with €550,000 from the TEN-T Programme a series of studies analysing the construction of new container terminal in the French port of Bordeaux. The port is the third in the Atlantic coast in terms of traffic volume and is also part of the “High-speed railway axis of southwest Europe” (TEN-T Priority Project 3).
The studies, which were selected for funding under the 2012 TEN-T Annual Call, will analyse the best way to develop the Port of Bordeaux into a key intermodal node for Southwest France. Specifically, it will look at the advantages of merging container activities to a single terminal and developing hinterland connections. The supported studies are a first step to be eventually followed by future works.
The future intermodal container terminal will increase the efficiency of maritime transport as well as improve the quality of container handling, reduce handling and pre/post-carriage costs, implement barge traffic and develop rail connectivity and services with hinterland platforms.
There are currently two container terminals in the Port of Bordeaux, and none of them is the critical size to be economically efficient. Merging them to create a single, larger terminal is crucial to make the maritime, river and rail connections viable to the Port.
The new container terminal and the future increase in competitiveness will enable the Port to double its market share to reach 120,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) per year, contributing to an overall decrease of road congestion.
The studies will be monitored by the Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency (TEN-T EA) and are set to be completed by the end of 2015.
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