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Transport networks - Freight Villages and Transport Terminals

General information

This layer provides the location of freight villages and transport terminals across Europe. The layer comprises dedicated freight villages, intermodal transhipment terminals and other container or transport terminals (ICT), as well as seaport and inland ports and other rail stations for combined transport. Airpots with dedicated cargo handling capacities are also included representing an interface between air transport and ground modes. Intermodal terminals are defined as infrastructure facilities where containers, semitrailers, trailers and lorries and railway carriages can be transhipped from one mode to the other, e.g. from roads to railways (\'rolling road trains\', \'iron highways\') or from road or rail to ships.
In particular the layer includes all villages and terminals, but is not limited to, that are members in the following logistic organisations or companies: Deutsche GVZ Gesellschaft (DGG, Germany), Deutsche Umschlaggesellschaft Schiene-Straße (DUSS, Germany), Eurotrans Partners (Eurotrans), European Association of Freight Villages, Interporti (Italy), ProLogis, Sogaris (France), Stanton Grove (UK), TDG, International Union of Combined Road-Rail Transport Companies (UIRR).

The name of the RRG freight villages and transport terminal layer is TERMINALS, and its basic features are:

Layer name: TERMINALS
Feature classes: Points
No of point features: 1,599
User attributes associated with the points: 28

Detailed description of the point attribute table

The following user-defined fields are associated with the TERMINALS layer:

Attribute Type Contents
NODEID N Unique node number xxx.yyyy
xxx = NUTS-2 region ID
yyyy = Terminal number in region
COUNTRY C ISO country code
REGION C NUTS-2 region code
CITY C City name
LABEL C Terminal name
TERMINAL_CODE I Unique terminal code
OPERATION I Development stage of the terminal
-9999 = Information n.a.
1 = under operation
2 = under operation, extension planned or underway
3 = planned terminal, not existing
4 = closed terminal
TYPE I Terminal type
1 = Freight village
2 = Seaport
3 = Inland port
4 = Airport (with cargo handling capacities)
5 = Others
AREA I Overall terminal area (in ha)
-9999 = Area n.a.
INDUSTRY I Number of companies in freight village
-9999 = Information n.a.
STORAGE_CAP I Storage capacity (in TEU)
-9999 = Information n.a.
STOCK_SURFACE I Stock surface (in sqm)
-9999 = Information n.a.
TRACKS I Number of loading tracks
-9999 = Information n.a.
0 = Terminal lacking train connection
1,2,3, ... = Number of rail loading tracks
TRACK_LENGTH I Overall track lengths (in m)
-9999 = Information n.a.
0 = Terminal lacking train connection
1< = Overall track length of all tracks
TRACK_LENGTH_IND C Lengths of individual loading tracks (in m)
ASSOCIATIONS C Membership in logistic associations
TRAIN_CON I Train connection
-9999 = Information n.a.
1 = direct train connection available
2 = no direct train connection available
MW_CON I Motorway connection
-9999 = Information n.a.
1 = direct motorway connection available
2 = no direct motorway connection available
SHIP_CON I Shipping connection
-9999 = Information n.a.
1 = direct port access
2 = no direct port access
PLANE_CON I Plane connection (airport)
-9999 = Information n.a.
1 = direct plane access (airport)
2 = no direct plane access
TRAM_CON I Tram connection
-9999 = Information n.a.
1 = direct tram access
2 = no direct tram access
-9999 = Information n.a.
1 = bi-modal freight village
2 = tri-modal freight village
UIC C UIC terminal code
UIRR I UIRR terminal code
WEBLINKS C Hyperlink to terminal website
EUROSTAT_P C Eurostat terminal number
DGG_RANKING I 2010 ranking of freight villages by DGG
0 = Terminal not included in 2010 ranking
1-70 = Rank of freight villages, with 1 indicating the top 1 freight village, and 70 indicating the last rank
71 = Terminal assessed, but performance rather poor so that terminal not among top 70
99 = planned terminal (not included in ranking)
DGG_PERFORMANCE I Performance index of freight villages according to 2010 DGG ranking
0 = Terminal not included in 2010 ranking
81-211 = Overall performance index with 2011 indicating the hightest and 81 indicating the lowest overall performance
-99 = planned terminal (not included in ranking)

NODEID is a unique identifier for each node in the layer. The first three digits indicate the number of the region in which the node is located. COUNTRY indicates the ISO code of the country in which the node is located. REGION is a four-character acronym of the name of the region. For each region the nodes are counted from 0000.

CITY, LABEL, TERMINAL_CODE, OPERATION, TYPE, EUROSTAT_P, DGG_RANKING, DGG_PERFORMANCE and AREA give general information for each freight village. CITY gives the name of the city or agglomeration in which the freight village/the terminal is located, while LABEL provides the name of the termi-nal. TERMINAL_CODE represents a unique integer number for each terminal, which can be used to link additional information. Similarly, EUROSTAT_P gives the official Eurostat code of the terminal. Currently, this information is only available for terminals in the Nordic countries, i.e. in Norway, Sweden and Finland. DGG_RENKING gives the rank of the freightvillage in the 2010 terminal ranking of the DGG (Deutsche GVZ-Gesellschaft - German Association of Freight Villages, Koch et al., 2010). A zero value indicatrs that the freight village/terminal was not included in the 2010 DGG ranking. Complementing this information, DGG_PERFORMANCE gives the overall performance indey estomated in the DGG study for those freight vilages that participated in the study. The worst performance indey was estomated as 81, whole the best one was estimated to be 211. A performance index of 0 indicates that the freight villages was not participating in the study. AREA gives the overall area of the freight village (in ha). TYPE indicates the terminal type, whether it represents a ‘classical’ freight village, a seaport or inland port, or an airport with dedicated cargo handling capabilities.

ASSOCIATIONS, UIC, UIRR and WEBLINKS can be used to review further information for each terminal. UIC and UIRR provide, if available, the terminal codes assigned by the International Union of combined Road-Rail transport companies (UIRR).

INDUSTRY, STORAGE_CAP, STOCK_SURFACE, TRACKS, TRACK_LENGTH and TRACK_LENGTH_IND provide important operating characteristics for each fright village. INDUSTRY provides the number of companies that are located on the terminal area, while STORAGE_CAP gives the storage capacity in TEU, and STOCK_SURFACE indicates the available area for cargo storage; TRACKS gives the number of rail loading tracks. TRACK_LENGTH sums the overall lengths of all rail loading tracks, whereas TRACK_LENGTH gives the length of the individual railway track ramps. If a freight village has got several ramps, all lengths of all ramps are provided here, if available. The structure of this string variable is as follows: First, the ramp number is identified, followed by the length of that ramp, enclosed in brackets; if there is a second ramp, again the ramp number is followed by its length, which is enclosed in bracket again. This is done similarly for all available ramps. If the length of any ramp is unknown, it is indicated by (-99); if the number of ramps and also their lengths is not available for any terminal, the field just indicates \'-99\'.

Finally, there are six fields providing information on the available modes for each freight village: TRAIN_CON, MW_CON, SHIP_CON, PLANE_CON, TRAM_CON indicate whether or not the terminal has direct access to railways (TRAIN_CON), motorways (MW_CON), ships (SHIP_CON), planes (PLANE_CON) or tramways (TRAM_CON). As a rule, direct train and tram connections are only given if the railways or trams extend onto the area of the freight village. The terminal has a motorway connections if the next motorway ramp is within reach of 500 meters; the freight village has only direct ship or plane access, if the freight village comprises a port (SHIP_CON) and if the terminal is part of an aiport area (PLANE_CON), respectively. MODALITY then summarises these connectivity characteristics, in that bi-modal terminals are differentiated from tri-modal terminals.

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