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From road to rail – sharing best logistics practices along Rail Baltica corridor

The RBGC logistics pilot will bring the first outcomes during the spring 2013. The activity aims at defining a chain of logistics centers that would be able to offer customers a common service concept throughout the Eastern Baltic Sea Region. The RBGC logistics chain will include around ten intermodal centers – one or two from each country along the Rail Baltica corridor.

Currently, different countries around the Baltic Sea use diverse criteria and service definitions in the field of logistics. This mismatch hinders customers to find the services they need. Disconnected composition of actors results in high price and long delivery times. Other logistics challenges in the Baltic Sea Region addressed by logistics pilot are low quality railway infrastructure and road transport domination on the North-South axis.

Ludwigsfelde & Grossbeeren Freight Village

The RBGC project implies connection of the southern end of Rail Baltica to the German Capital Region with its advanced railway infrastructure and freight capacities. As a logistics hub the Berlin-Brandenburg region offers attractive solutions in multimodal freight transportation. For instance, freight villages where logistics companies and logistics oriented service companies (transport, forwarding agency, warehousing services, logistics services and telecommunication) are settled and a public intermodal terminal is provided have become the benchmark of sustainable logistics in the region.

Dynamically developing city of Ludwigsfelde is located in the south of Berlin and includes 5 business- and industrial parks and the Freight Village Berlin South Grossbeeren. The locations are partly promoted together as economically attractive business area with companies working in the fields of automotive, logistics and logistics services, aviation and space technology, metal industry, mechatronics and railway technologies. The strength of the region is built especially upon logistics and railway technologies employing over 10,000 people. The Freight Village and four of the business- and industrial parks in Ludwigsfelde provide a bimodal connection to the road and rail infrastructure.

INIS – Intermodal Node Information System

A request for economic transparency of all available railway access points has led to the establishment of the online system www.gleisanschluss-brandenburg.de in the federal state of Brandenburg. The system has been politically supported and financed by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Agriculture of the Federal State of Brandenburg and developed by IPG mbH. The Internet-based intermodal node information system offers a comprehensive overview of the access to the railway system via transshipment points. The system enables users to find operating companies for each operational transshipment point and additional information regarding side operators, information about public terminals for intermodal transport and further infrastructure information (e.g. traction, transshipment equipment).

In the framework of the RBGC project information profiles of the business- and industrial parks located in the city of Ludwigsfelde and Freight Village Berlin South Grossbeeren have been worked out and added to the system. This may be considered as a basis for the development of comparable information profiles for business and industrial areas with railway sidings and/or transshipment terminals in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia and Finland. The long term aim is to develop an international INIS platform (Intermodal Node Information System) which would connect the locations and strengthen the railway positions in all countries of the Rail Baltica corridor.