An international rail logistics hub, MULTI HUB WESTFALEN, is to be built on the site of the former marshalling yard in Hamm. The project reached an important milestone as the German Federal Railway Authority completed its preliminary reviews and confirmed the combined transport (CT) terminal's eligibility for funding. Plans for the construction of a CT terminal and an empty container depot at the southern end of the 60-hectare site can now enter their next phase. The CT terminal will be a source of skilled jobs and apprenticeships and drive innovation in logistics.
"The Federal Railway Authority's confirmation of the CT terminal's eligibility for funding is a success that many different people made possible," said Dr Sigrid Nikutta, Member of the Group Management Board for Freight Transport and CEO of DB Cargo AG. "Now we can move forward with planning its implementation. Working with the city of Hamm and other partners in government and industry, we have taken a crucial step towards implementation of MULTI HUB WESTFALEN," she added.
In addition, Nikutta praised the dedication of Jörg Hensel, who campaigned for the project as chairman of the Hamm-Bielefeld branch of the German Railway and Transport Union. Nikutta sees MULTI HUB WESTFALEN as a flagship project and an outstanding example of how great dedication and hard work can bring new opportunities for the future.
Important transport hub for Europe
Hamm will be one of the places shaping the future of rail freight transport in Germany and Europe. MULTI HUB WESTFALEN will be a showcase project for climate-friendly rail freight transport in the eastern Ruhr region. Located at the junction of important rail, inland waterway and motorway routes, it is ideally placed to link the various modes of transport and shift more traffic to environmentally friendly rail.
A multifunctional logistics site will be developed in the years ahead, with terminal facilities and connections to the existing freight station, depot and logistics areas, and sidings.