Skip to main content

It sounds so simple: a company is briefly unreachable due to work in the area. However, as Ben van Hooijdonk, a project manager for ProRail, explains, “if that company is located in the Rotterdam Port area, there’s work going on seven days a week. That’s why we consult with businesses to hear when which closure will affect them the least and adjust our schedule where possible.”

Four crossings

During the weekend of 2 and 3 October, there was such a closure at the entrance of the Europoort site. Contractor DuraVermeer replaced four level crossings for ProRail. Necessary work, but it did mean that the access roads to the site were closed, with the result that businesses on that site would not be accessible and could not transit their arriving freight containers. Staff would not be able to get to and from work either.

Consultation

Ben says, “That’s why ProRail discusses the work to be done well in advance during the Regular Users’ Consultation with stakeholders such as carriers, shippers, companies and the Port of Rotterdam Authority. In their business planning, they then check when work on the tracks will cause the least inconvenience. In this case, companies on the Europoort terrain asked us to cluster these four level crossings, i.e. replace them in a single weekend. In order to optimise the work, it was also decided to replace two sets of points at the same time. It’s better to be inconvenienced once than have a lower level of inconvenience over a longer period of time.”┬áIt’s better to be inconvenienced once than have a lower level of inconvenience over a longer period of time.

Infra in Order

Edwin Verkerk, ProRail’s Capacity for Management programme manager, chairs the regular users’ consultation group for Infra in Order. He told us about the practical benefits of this consultation during earlier work in the Port Area. It is specially designed for the projects of the Infra in Order programme. This will speed up the process of putting the infrastructure in order in the Rotterdam Port area. Due to overdue maintenance, these projects had to be carried out this year. Tendering started in mid-2020, and by the end of 2021, over 50 level crossings will have been renewed, 25 points replaced, and many kilometres of track renewed.

Proud

Project manager Ben says, “We are now almost done with all the urgent matters that needed to be done this year. I am proud that we have come this far. It is a huge amount of work in a short time. And the success of these projects hinges on the coordination and cooperation of all those involved.”

Misschien ook interessant voor jou

Intermodal transportation is interesting for larger volumes

7 - 12 - 2021
Transporting volumes via a combination of modalities with the railways as the pivot: there is still much to be gained. We speak to shippers who…

The first freight train runs over Hoekse Lijn metro tracks

1 - 12 - 2021
A unique event: yesterday, the first freight train ran over the Hoekse Lijn metro line. The freight trains that will be using this track will…

Optimizing water and foam jets for emergency routes

23 - 11 - 2021
For the five railway yards in the Port of Rotterdam, ProRail makes clever use of a computer model to determine from which distance it is…

Poll

Poll 2: are being overtaken by other modalities

Rail freight is green, but we are being overtaken by other modalities.

Stay informed?

Subscribe to the newsletter

Laatste nieuws

Multimodale samenwerking Michael Kors en EGS

28 - 06 - 2022
Voor het dagelijkse vervoer vanaf de Rotterdamse Maasvlakte naar het distributiecentrum in Venlo heeft Michael Kors aan EGS de regie gegeven over de planning en…

Vlogs: EU Year of Youth

13 - 06 - 2022
Rail Cargo vlogs - Jaar van de Jongeren. Dit keer nemen Wietse Bruinsma en Isa Prins een vlog op met Vincent Krijgsman van European Gateway…

De DE18 Smart Hybrid locomotief trekt 1300 ton bergop in de Belgische Ardennen.

16 - 05 - 2022
De nieuwe DE18 Smart Hybrid locomotief trekt 1300 ton bergop in de Belgische Ardennen. De test vond plaats op Lijn 166 tussen Namen en Athus,…

ERTMS: het digitale spoorplatform

11 - 05 - 2022
ERTMS: het digitale spoorplatform. Bij Rail Freight the Future is Ours lees je al het nieuws over de spoorgoederen sector op gebied van innovatie, infrastructuur…

Terugblik Spoorcongres 2022

1 - 05 - 2022
We kijken terug op weer een mooie editie van het Spoorcongres. Tijdens het Spoorcongres is de rode loper uitgelegd voor alle railsterren en is uitgebreid…

Digitalisering spoorgoederenvervoer van start

12 - 04 - 2022
Het spoorgoederenvervoer, de rail sector, digitaliseert nu ook in de Port of Rotterdam. Dit gebeurt vanwege de duurzaamheidsdoelstellingen vanuit de Europese Unie.

Contact us

Do you have questions about the initiative Rail Freight, The Future is Ours? Would you like to become an ambassador? Or are you considering transporting goods by rail? Then please contact us. Leave a message with your details and we will contact you within 2 working days.

Leave a Reply