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Approach, objective and purpose


Gateway Basel Nord – a trimodal transshipment terminal

Basel is Switzerland’s freight traffic hub. At the intersection of rail, Rhine and road, a new, trimodal transshipment terminal is being built for the efficient handling of import/export freight traffic. The project is being implemented by Gateway Basel Nord AG and Port of Switzerland.

This is how the project is being advertised on the Gateway Basel Nord website.

More precisely, this development affects international rail and road traffic, the water route on the Rhine and the EuroAirport.

Nowhere in Switzerland do different freight transport methods come together at such close quarters. Basel Nord therefore offers ideal conditions for centralised provision of rail, Rhine and road transport at the door to the NRLA.

This project is very significant for us. We are represented at various locations in this region.

(Picture ©hupac)

What is our stance on this project?

We support this project because there are solid reasons in favour of it.

The main reason is that it will not be possible to shift any further road transport to rail in this key region without this terminal. The terminal is therefore fundamental for continuing to shift freight from road to rail and relieving the national road network. A further reason is the increasing efficiency of import/export freight pooling.

How are the costs allocated?

The project costs for the bimodal terminal (rail/road) total CHF 130 million. The Confederation is contributing CHF 83 million to the bimodal terminal project. The second construction phase (dock basin 3) will be funded by both Port of Switzerland and the canton of Basel Stadt. The Confederation will contribute CHF 40 million to this phase. The total costs amount to CHF 155 million.

The ground-breaking ceremony is planned for autumn 2019.

Operations for rail and road use are scheduled to begin at the end of 2020.