On Thursday, September 9, the construction of a new hub in the Hungarian city of Zalaegerszeg officially began. The terminal is located on the routes of the transport axis of the Adriatic ports of Trieste, Koper and Rijeka.

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According to intermodal subsidiary Metrans, the hub will become a hub for transport services along the Adriatic corridor and towards South and Southeast Europe, reports Railway Supply magazine. The first trains are due to leave in 2023.

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“The Zalaegerszeg terminal will become the focal point for all European rail freight transport”, said Peter Kiss, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Metrans Group. The total investment of over 40 million euros includes a grant from Hungarian structures in the amount of almost 11 million euros.

Regular block trains operated by Metrans connect Hungary via Budapest and the Slovak town of Danube Streda with the North Sea ports of Hamburg, Bremerhaven and Rotterdam, as well as with Duisburg and the Adriatic ports of Trieste and Koper.

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The European intermodal network Metrans currently consists of 17 own and other connected terminals. This network is an important part of the New Silk Road. In 2020, Metrans served 913 trains with China.

This indicates an increase of 114% with a corresponding transport volume of about 30 thousand TEU.

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