The German federal state of North Rhine Westphalia (NRW) and the German federal government have allocated € 4.4M (on a 43:57 respective split) to a various enterprises in order to further container modal shift
The subsidy covers 75 to 90% of the total €5-6M of investments needed to enable or enhance "last mile" transport by rail
The projects are estimated to save an annual 210,000 truck trips, the NRW transport department in Düsseldorf noted. The recipients are railway companies operating three lines and two inland ports.
The railway companies are Westfälische Verkehrsgesellschaft (WVG), which manages the Ruhr-Lippe line (RLG) and the Westfälische Landes-Eisenbahn (WLE) line. It will receive €750,000 from NRW alone, following a grant of €1.2M in 2018. The Wanne-Herner Eisenbahn (WHE) will get €728,000.
Neuss-Düsseldorfer Häfen is included, for better rail access to its Rhine-based container terminals. Significantly, the state of NRW also granted €260,000 to Hafen Berenbusch-Bückeburg in another federal state, Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen). This inland port has corresponding logistical connections with NRW. Here NRW’s subsidy was matched with €100,000 from Lower Saxony and around €450,000 from Berlin.
These subsidies from NRW represent an average 40% of the total investments planned and will be matched by Berlin subsidies covering 50%, leaving only 10% of the rail improvements to be borne by the recipients.
All subsidies mainly serve to hook up the inland ports with local industrial estates or to hook up such industrial estates and business parks to the national rail grid.