The corridor offers a network of well-developed and congestion free motorways and high-performance rail connections. It associates ports of the Adriatic and Baltic Sea, logistic regions like Berlin or the Øresund region and logistic hubs like the HUB 53/12°. There is also an outstanding offer of logistic services.
There are several different logistic chains along the corridor. E. g. there are 12 goods trains per week running from Verona in Italy to the Baltic port of Rostock. In Rostock there are various RoRo (roll on/roll off) and RoPax (roll on/roll off passenger) connections offering transport to Scandinavia. The goal is to develop the corridor into a natural, efficient, modern and high-performance transport corridor.
While the Scandinavian part of the corridor already boasts a large number of Intermodal train connections, the central and southern parts of the corridor still have a large potential for new services. The more recent European history also had an effect on transport networks: While railway infrastructure in Western Europe (especially between Munich and Hamburg, and on the so called “Rheinschiene”) is highly utilized, considerable rail infrastructure capacities are still available in eastern Germany. Gaps in the infrastructure network are being closed quickly. Also the states of Berlin, Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern are attractive industrial locations with low wages1, low taxes2, low real estate prices3 and a high availability of highly trained manpower4.
This makes the German part of the SCANDRIA corridor a logical and highly attractive choice for the implementation of new transport services.
Within the SCANDRIA project a number of possible intermodal train connections have been examined and drafted. They all offer considerable potential for cost-reductions and are by far more CO2 efficient than alternative truck transport.
Dipl.-Ing. Philip Michalk
Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau
Research Group Transport Logistics
Phone: 03375 508-201
1 Unit labour costs in Brandenburg are about 19% lower than the German average, according to the Office of Statistics of the State of Baden-Württemberg.
2 Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern have the lowest average local business taxes in Germany.
3 Average real estate prices in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Brandenburg only amount to about 40% of the German average, according to the German "Institut für Städtebau, Wohnungswirtschaft und Bausparwesen".
4 The city-state of Berlin (in the heart of Brandenburg) has the highest percentage of academics of all German states, especially in such highly demanded disciplines as engineering.