EUROPE: A rail motorway service linking Bettembourg-Dudelange in Luxembourg with Poznan-Swarzędz in Poland has been launched by Clip Group and CFL Multimodal.
The first train left Bettembourg on January 28. There will initially be four round trips per week, but the operators expect to increase this to six per week in the near future. The transit time is around 23 h.
The new service provides ‘a unique opportunity to all Polish road hauliers to go to intermodal’, said Clip Group CEO Agnieszka Hipś. ‘With connections from Luxembourg to Spain we have the possibility to create one of the longest rail connections in Europe with the shortest transit time.’
Traction is provided by CFL Cargo in co-operation with Ecco Rail of Poland. ‘The expansion of our intermodal service offering to Central Europe will give us the opportunity to address the craneable and noncraneable trailer market’, said CFL Multimodal Managing Director Fraenz Benoy. ‘This service can transport up to 15 000 semi-trailers per year. This is equivalent to saving 20 000 tonnes of CO2, which clearly reflects our endeavour to provide both sustainable and reliable services.’