The Boulogne Calais Port rail terminal was inaugurated this morning
Published on 24.10.2015
This morning, Boulogne Calais Port inaugurated its rail terminal and thus became the first European port to have such a facility allowing the transport of unaccompanied semi-trailers.
A large public came to attend the train loading/unloading demonstration organised on the new terminal. The new VIIA Britanica line operated by VIIA, a subsidiary of SNCF Logistics, the longest in Europe with its 1,400 km, will enter service on 12 January 2016 and connect the Port of Calais with Boulou, on the French-Spanish border. It will thus make it possible to connect Spain directly with the United Kingdom.
When in full swing, 40,000 semi-trailers per year will be transported in this way on trains with 20 wagons (680 metres, 2,000 tonnes) capable of loading 40 semi-trailers.
On the occasion of this event, ten European transport firms officially committed themselves to VIIA.