Tuesday 23 May 2017

UIC takes part in the Cluster 2.0 kick-off meeting from 15 – 16 May in Dourges (France)

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The Cluster 2.0 project funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme held its kick-off meeting from 15 – 16 May in Dourges (France), in the presence of around 40 participants representing 29 European partners.

The Cluster 2.0 project is led by PTV Planung Transport Verkehr AG and will run for 36 months. The aim of the project is to leverage the full potential of European Logistics Clusters for an efficient and fully integrated transport system in Europe making optimal use of an Open Network of Logistics Clusters and hubs starting with Zaragoza (PLAZA), Duisburg (Duisport), Lille (Dourges), Bologna-Trieste (Interporto/port of Trieste), Brussels (BruCargo), London (Heathrow), Pireaus (PCT), Trelleborg (Port).

The Cluster 2.0 objectives and areas of intervention are:

  • Increase the engagement, performance and coordination of terminals and hubs at cluster level
  • Increase by 50% the freight managed in the cluster with the current infrastructure
  • Increase economic impact in local economies by 5% yearly while keeping neutral local environmental impacts
  • Increase average door-to-door vehicle load factor up to 75%
  • Increase intermodal transport in the network by 40%
  • Develop low cost, low capital and investment intensive transhipment enhanced solutions to reduce operational costs of transhipment by 30%
  • Develop prototypes of New Modular Load Units as enhancers of the above objectives
  • Develop terminal management systems to increase management capacity of the terminals by 20% and reduce associated congestion by 10%

UIC is partner of the project representing the contribution of the railway sector to the achievement of a balanced modal shift between modes. The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme and all details will be available at:


For further information please contact Sandra Ferrari, Senior Freight Advisor:


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