Book review

This free booklet from Allianz pro Schiene illustrates how 12 companies have shifted the equivalent of 200 000 lorry loads of freight from Germany's roads to railways in recent years, part of a rail freight renaissance which has seen rail's market share grow.

Managers from industries ranging from mineral water to beer and cast iron to calcium carbonate explain why their companies have given preference to the railways. Rail transport can be cheaper than road, and some companies are simply fed up with traffic jams and late arrivals.

Some businesses prefer rail transport for environmental reasons. In almost all cases, the motorway toll imposed on heavy goods vehicles in Germany since 2005 has played an important role in the decision to switch to rail.

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