Freight railways are part of the future's transport solution

The biggest topics on the agenda have, for good reason, become sustainability, climate responsibility and environmental awareness, and these are topics that everyone in the transport sector needs to include in their work to discover the transport models of the future.

Future freight transport needs to be organised and structured in such a way that it is optimised for economy, transport time and climate impact. This means that we in the future need to seek out transport models that might be more complex, as they utilise several modes of transport, each of which is used according to their qualities, in order to achieve optimal transports. A greater proportion of such multimodal transport solutions will make freight transports more climate friendly in the future.

Multimodal transport by land utilises the various advantages of railway freight transport and lorry transport. The transports can thus be optimised when freight is transported by railway over longer distances. Freight is moved by land without the use of drivers and without lorry transport along highways and motorways.

These multimodal transport solutions, and freight transport on the railways, will increase the overall capacity of the European infrastructure. By transferring freight quantities from road transport to railway transport, traffic safety on the roads will be increased and the overall climate and environmental impact from freight transport will be reduced.

The European freight transport perspectives, with a greater degree of railway freight transport, will be reflected in Hirtshals by the upcoming commissioning of the combined terminal. Once railway traffic begins at the combined terminal in Hirtshals, new transport options for northern Europe will open up. In this way the preexisting freight transport options are developed, and freight that is currently transported by lorry up along the motorways between southern Europe and, say, towns in Norway, can be transported by a combination of railway transport and sea transport, so it doesn't strain the road network.

Changes will happen over the coming years. It is necessary, and it is logical.