Railport Scandinavia is an extensive railway network connecting the Port of Gothenburg with the City of Gothenburg and other inland terminals, which displaces trucks and reduce CO2 emissions and congestion.

Most port cities around the world rely on trucks for transporting shipped goods inland. Scandinavia’s largest port, Gothenburg, is connected directly to an efficient system of rail shuttles for inland transportation of freight. Each day, the electric rail system replaces 700 diesel-powered freight trucks. The reduction of trucks has eased traffic congestion and lowered air pollution in Gothenburg, and has improved freight efficiency.

The rail network has been successfully integrated with the port terminals in Gothenburg, and is now connected to towns and cities throughout Sweden and Norway. Rail shuttles carry around half of all the containers that are transported to and from the port each year.

Why you should care

Rail’s share in overland freight distribution has halved in the EU from 1970 to 2006, resulting in many more trucks on roads. The Railport Scandinavia system is putting freight back on more efficient electric trains and thereby eliminating more than 120,000 truck journeys each year.

How the Global Goals are addressed

Decent Work and Economic Growth

Shipping and trade companies choose to use the intermodal transport hub at the Port of Gothenburg due to cost efficiency and reliability.

Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

The Railport Scandinavia project reduces transport energy use by 70% compared to freight transport by trucks.

Sustainable Cities and Communities

Replacing trucks eases congestion in the City of Gothenburg and reduces harmful particle emissions in the city.

Climate Action

In 2014, the rail shuttles in the Port of Gothenburg prevented 59,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions, equivalent to the emissions from 23,000 passenger cars over a whole year of typical driving.


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