Feasibility study to establish a cross-border CT-terminal

In a previous project for the company Mosolf, TransCare had examined the option of building a terminal for combined transport (CT) as a possibility to further develop the site Überherrn. A CT terminal with cross-border connections near the German-French border could significantly strengthen the attractiveness of the entire region. In addition, a revival of cross-border local rail passenger transport would be conceivable with reactivated connecting lines. Therefore TransCare was assigned by the Saarland Ministry of Economy to validate the feasibility of the concept.


Scope of the project

The aim of the project was to examine in detail the technical, financial and legal feasibility of reactivating the cross-border rail infrastructure and developing a binational CT terminal. In doing so, the question of profitability – also taking into account a possible additional benefit in local rail passenger transport – had to be answered.



After describing the positive effects of a CT terminal, the competition was analyzed. Quantitative potential and transport volume were determined on the basis of statistics and company surveys. On identified main axes, the possibilities of reactivating connecting routes for freight traffic were examined, including a calculation of the reconstruction costs. Utilization possibilities and passenger potential for SPNV were also considered. After detailed planning, investment calculation and business plan, recommendations for the organizational structure were made and partners for terminal and train operation were identified. TransCare concluded the project with specific recommendations for action. Due to the public interest, the project received funding from the European Regional Development Fund (Interreg).

Our Services

  • Description of the positive effects of a CT terminal and analysis of competition.
  • Assessment of volume potential, transport volume and costs.
  • Identification of main axes with examination of reactivation of connecting lines for freight traffic.
  • Evaluation of the utilization possibilities as well as the passenger potential for local rail passenger transport.
  • Determination of the restoration costs of the cross-border rail infrastructure
  • Detailed planning of the terminal (development and layout plan).
  • Investment calculation in different versions(with and without subsidies).
  • Business plan for terminal developers and operators.
  • Recommendation of an organizational structure and identification of partners for the terminal and train operations.



Saarland – Ministry of Economy, Labor, Energy and Transport, Saarbrücken







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