New rail shuttle to link Marseille Fos box terminals
MAR 28, 2015: The container terminals at Marseille and Fos are to be linked by a daily rail shuttle starting on May 11. Operator Railliner – part of the Eurorail/Regiorail group – will offer a direct service on the 76km route between the eastern docks at the heart of the city and the Fos western harbour area. The same shuttle will also link these facilities with the Clesud combined transport terminal at Miramas. The port authority said the service responded to demand for daily inter-terminal transfers and would increase the efficiency of pre- and post-forwarding via rail and waterways, make customs clearance easier and bring financial and environmental benefits by significantly reducing road haulage. The latest shuttle is in line with the port’s strategy to coordinate both local and long-distance traffic flows. There are already 18 rail services per week at Fos and 14 at Marseille as well as six inland waterways options that are promoted through the Medlink Ports partnership. The port also features in two major multimodal corridors within the European Union’s TEN-T network.