Premiere of new rail freight connection in Hirtshals

One week to go! On May 2, DB Cargo Scandinavia will operate an intermodal test train in Hirtshals (DK) to launch a pilot project aimed at demonstrating the feasibility of a rail freight connection between Norway and continental Europe through the Jutland Corridor. The new connection – a collaboration between DB Cargo Scandinavia, CargoNet AS, Nordjyske Jernbaner A/S, Port of Hirtshals, Port of Kristiansand, Port of Larvik, and Grønn Jyllandskorridor – will be ready in 2025.

The aims?

  • Opening up new possibilities for customers
  • Making the rail freight price competitive with road transport
  • Getting rail freight ready for hydrogen transport and Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) projects
  • Connecting Hirtshals to Duisburg (DE) within 20 hours leadtime
  • Saving 1.600 kg of CO2 compared to road transport
  • Increasing capacity from Kristiansand to 12 terminals in Norway

ScanMed RFC strongly supports this project and the reinforced cooperation between railway undertakings and ports which made it possible. To underline the Corridor’s backing, several RFC representatives will travel to Hirtshals. In particular, Managing Director Furio Bombardi will deliver a keynote speech, while President Linda Thulin will participate in a panel debate on the policy perspective.

We would like to thank DB Cargo Scandinavia for the invitations and compliment all project partners for the initiative. We are honoured to witness this historical moment and cannot wait to see its first results in 2025. The future of freight runs on the railway!