Federal Minister Norbert Hofer visited the Cargo Center Graz on 10 August 2018. Under the motto “In the middle of the road – 15 years Cargo Center Graz”, the Managing Director of Cargo Center Graz BetriebsgmbH (CCG), KommR Franz Glanz, and the Director of Steiermärkische Landesbahnen (STLB), Mag.FH) Ronald Kiss, the local member of the government, presented the history, achievements and perspectives of the location.
The handling of more than 200,000 containers a year underlines the positive development at this location. However, this means that the capacity limit of the existing terminal is reached slowly but surely. Plans for expanding the terminal are essential for future development.
Regarding the developments at the location, Federal Minister Norbert Hofer said: “In my view, the development of the Graz South terminal is exemplary for the strategic importance of transnational rail freight traffic. In the spirit of the climate and energy strategy of the Federal Government, I am particularly pleased by the enormous contribution that is made here by shifting freight from truck to environmentally friendly rail. This is completed by one of the largest solar power systems in Austria with 2,200 kW power at the roof of the building of the terminal.”
Within the first 15 years, the Cargo Center Graz has become an international logistics location and a leading business in Styria. The goal for the next 15 years is to use the new opportunities in rail transport for combined transport and Styria resulting from the completion of the Semmering and Koralm tunnels, thus the Baltic-Adriatic Axis, and to place Graz in the top league of Europe’s industry and logistics locations through responsible growth.
The networking of the regions and freight terminals of Graz, Vienna and Linz / Enns with efficient block trains in the form of scheduled traffic should be designed innovatively and strengthen rail freight transport to the benefit of the environment and customers. All of this under the motto “Partnership with our customers and with our service providers”, in particular the Styrian Landesbahnen as terminal operator, and through networking with logistics locations in other regions, explained CCG CEO Franz Glanz.
The handling of around 10-12 trains and around 300 trucks with a total volume of more than 3,500 tonnes per day, as well as the number of direct connections with container trains between Graz and other European locations, namely
-) Koper-Graz (5 times a week)
-) Neuss-Graz (3 times a week)
-) Bremerhaven / Hamburg-Vienna-Enns / Graz (several times a week)
-) Single wagon traffic across Austria (daily)
confirm the efficiency of this logistics location.