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METRANS To Expand Network Through The New Investment In Hungary

METRANS to expand network through the new investment in Hungary

Hamburg, Germany (PortSEurope) February 19, 2021 – METRANS, the intermodal subsidiary of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), is to construct a new railway hub in Zalaegerszeg, Western Hungary. Peter Kiss, CEO METRANS Group, announced investments of over €40 million to construct and equip the new terminal. “This major financial investment demonstrates how important Hungary is to the further development of METRANS. We want to
grow in Hungary and with Hungary. The planned terminal will help to give the country and region a further boost towards becoming one of the most efficient logistical hubs in Europe.” The foundations should be laid in the autumn after the necessary legal framework has been created, with the hub scheduled to go into operation during year 2023. Approximately 120 new jobs could be created in Zalaegerszeg. The volume of containers transported by rail in Hungary has grown steadily in recent years. Metrans has benefited from this, especially through the hub terminal in Budapest which opened in 2017. In the first year, approximately 250,000 standard containers (TEU) were handled at the facility, and this in-creased to 425,000 TEU in 2019. Despite the restrictions in place as a result of the coronavirus pan-demic, the number of containers handled in 2020 has remained stable overall. Regular block trains operated by Metrans connect Hungary, via Budapest and the Slovakian city of Du-najska Streda, to the North Sea ports of Hamburg, Bremerhaven and Rotterdam as well as to Duis-burg, and the Adriatic ports of Trieste and Koper. The entire European intermodal network of Metrans now comprises 17 of its own and other associated terminals. This network, and specifically the Buda-pest terminal, are also a key component in the New Silk Road. HHLA’s subsidiary Metrans provides highly frequent rail connections from the seaports on the North Sea and the Adriatic in order to serve the export-oriented economies of Central Europe. The company is the market leader for seaport-hinterland container traffic with Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. The company’s own inland terminals, special locomotives and environmentally friendly container wagons make flexible, high-quality services possible. Metrans offers complete customer service, covering trucking, Customs clearance, container storage and other essentials. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2021.

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