The Port of Rotterdam Authority has awarded consortium SaVe the contract to construct the substructure for the Theemsweg route. The contract is a subproject of the Theemsweg route construction project, which forsees re-routing part of the Port railway line across the Rozenburgsesluis and via Theemsweg, resulting in an increased freight train traffic no longer being hindered by shipping traffic. This will improve the railway connection between the western port area and the hinterland.
SaVe’s contract comprises the construction of a raised railway viaduct of four kilometres in length, including two steel arch bridges half-way along the Port railway line. The SaVe consortium includes construction companies Besix, Mobilis, Dura Vermeer, Hollandia and Iemants. Works are expected to start during the course of 2018 and to be completed by 2020.
The Port Authority is foreseeing a capacity bottleneck for rail traffic due to the expected increase in rail freight transport and ocean shipping to and from Brittanniëhaven. The construction of the Theemsweg route provides a solution to this bottleneck. The new route runs across a raised railway viaduct and will link to the existing track by the A15.
The Port of Rotterdam Authority is coordinating, designing and carrying out the project in conjunction with ProRail. After completion, the Port Authority will hand over the management and maintenance of the new railway line to ProRail. The construction of the entire Theemsweg route involves an investment amount of around EUR 300 million (excluding VAT). The European Union is providing a EUR 62 million subsidy. The remaining investment will be borne by the Port Authority and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.