Successful test drive
On Tuesday 21th of June, the Norwegian National Rail Administration and Cargonet completed a successful test drive of the restored railroads at the port.
The day before, the Norwegian National Rail Administration announced a 10 million NOK appropriation to the Vatnestrøm railroad project. The purpose is to move all transport of Voss Water from the route Iveland – Kristiansand over to railroad. The restored railroad is a central part of the Vatnestrøm railroad project. The project is supported by Vest-Agder county council, Aust-Agder county council and Knutepunkt Sørlandet.
Environment and traffic security
At the start, there will be one daily departure with 22 containers. According the plan, the number of departures will increase. The project will replace 7000 yearly heavy vehicles, which passes five primary schools on their way to Kristiansand. The region will experience an increased traffic security on a route with a history of the opposite.
Besides that, the project will contribute with a crystal clear environmental benefit. According to Iveland County’s consultants, the project will reduce the CO2 emissions by 20.000 ton over a five year period.
Moving more cargo over to sea and rail is a regional, national and international stated goal. To achieve this, the transportation sector needs new, effective measures. Vatnestrøm railroad project is exactly a needed initiative, and makes the sector more effective, secure and sustainable.
Pleased Port director
– Everything went as we’d hoped for. We’re enthusiastic over this project, says Halvard Aglen, Port director of Kristiansand Port.
He attended the test drive along with John Helge Austgulen, Supply Chain and Plant Director of Voss Production. Aglen was pleased with the test drive.
– We’re pleased with the cooperation between the different parts of the project, and looking forward to the first containers to arrive the port, he concludes.