Construction underway on Europe’s largest intermodal terminal

Following the purchase of the 125-hectare site, construction began on the East-West Gate (EWG) intermodal terminal in Fényeslitke.

EWG will be Europe’s first “green” intermodal terminal using its own 5G network for internal communication and technological devices, which, once complete, will be the largest of its kind on the continent in terms of theoretical capacity and area.

The terminal will be able to handle up to 1 million 20-foot containers per year. When commissioned, 15,000 square meters of warehouse space will be available to customers.

It will be the largest and most modern onshore intermodal terminal in Europe. It will be able to serve four 740-meter-long trains at a time. The facility will be powered by green technology, in line with the EU’s rail and climate strategy; a high-performance solar park as well as a heat pump system will provide power, and only electric tractors and e-cars will be used in the terminal area.

In addition to its speed compared to other European facilities, EWG will have the significant advantage of being able to tranship ATEX- and ADR-certified special materials with a load capacity of 45 tons, such as gas container tanks and chemicals, and the terminal will be suitable for loading conventional semi-trailers onto the railway, also thanks to NIKRASA technology. 

With the EWG terminal, Hungary will be an active participant in the continental traffic of the New Silk Road between China and Europe, and new opportunities will also open up for exports to China. 

The investment will directly create about 140 new jobs in the disadvantaged area of Fényeslitke and indirectly employ 400 people. In connection with the project, the company, East-West Intermodal Logistics Co., is also carrying out developments on the public railway network worth billions of forints.

As the western gateway to the New Silk Road, this 21st-century terminal offers an alternative option for freight traffic from the east to Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Germany. The construction of EWG also provides a huge opportunity for Hungarian companies to export to Asia.

For the HUF 22 billion private investment, the Hungarian State has provided HUF 2.95 billion in support.

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