European intermodal company Metrans has opened a second hub terminal for containers in the Czech Republic at Česká Třebová, 180 kilometers (about 112 miles) east of Prague.
The Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG subsidiary’s new hub began operations earlier this year and has been handling more than 100 trains a week since the beginning of May.
“The new terminal in Česká Třebová is a key component of our intermodal strategy,” said Klaus-Dieter Peters, chairman of HHLA’s executive board, in a written statement. “We will significantly expand our container transport activities on rails in the hinterland of the German seaports.”
Česká Třebová is located in pan-European traffic corridor IV and is on Route 22 of the the Trans-European Network (TEN), which extends from Nuremberg/Dresden to Prague, Vienna, Budapest and Sofia.
Metrans invested €16.5 million (about US$21.6 million) to build the facility, with funding from the European Union of about €2.7 million (US$3.5 million). This first phase can process around 150 trains a week and has space to store 4,500 20-foot-equivalent units. It has three portal cranes and six sidings. The terminal may be expanded in the future.