NavClimate partner ESPO and supporter EFIP have issued a joint Position Paper, entitled Ports in the European Rail System, which calls on policy makers to put port-rail networks at the heart of multi-modality. This issue is a key element of the Navigating a Changing Climate partnership's objective of delivering integrated solutions (theme 4 on our Action Plan).
Aside from rail's role in providing logistical hinterland connections to both sea and Inland ports, rail is also one of the main tools to respond to climate change related events. When water levels hinder navigability across IWT sections, rail allows for adaptation and a continuity of service. This requires the outlined investments in ensuring a connected and robust network. In particular, multiple port rail connections become even more essential in order to adapt accordingly.
Read the Position Paper at https://www.inlandports.eu/media/Rail%20Position%20Paper%20ESPO%20EFIP%20FINAL%20August%202019.pdf