CargoBeamer, a leading operator of rail connections and terminals for non-craneable semi-trailers in Europe, is further expanding its best-developed line. The route between Kaldenkirchen (Germany) and Domodossola (Italy) consists of 17 weekly rotations since the end of August. Since it runs on the Simplon corridor and through the Lötschberg Base Tunnel, CargoBeamer could ensure unobstructed operations of the line in recent weeks which were dominated by the Gotthard tunnel incident. Additionally, the new schedule now represents the highest density of trains ever operated by CargoBeamer on this line and serves as the highest frequency on a route in transalpine intermodal traffic between two terminals for craneable and non-craneable semi-trailers in Europe.
With the new schedule, CargoBeamer offers its customers a great flexibility with up to four daily departures in each direction. As is customary on CargoBeamer connections, customers can send non-craneable semi-trailers, P400, refrigerated and silo trailers in addition to craneable semi-trailers and containers. The transport of each unit reduces the CO2 footprint by an average of 79%, with the remaining emissions being offset by CargoBeamer via CO2 certificates, making all shipments entirely carbon neutral. CargoBeamer continues to work with BLS Cargo as the traction partner.
Since early September, construction works to expand capacity at the CargoBeamer terminal in Domodossola are complete. CargoBeamer had acquired the property in 2021 and has been handling the first trains by using reachstackers since March 2022. The expansion includes extending the three existing tracks for reachstacker loading and shunting to around 700 meters each, asphalting further areas, and creating additional parking areas for semi-trailers. Overall, the terminals' capacity increases from 2 to 5 train pairs per day, with the expansion eliminating the need to split trains into two parts. Some trains will continue to be handled inside the nearby Domo2 terminal, of which DB Cargo Transa/FLS is the operator. In the next step, CargoBeamer plans to install its own horizontal transshipment technology, turning Domodossola into a central hub for intermodal routes in transalpine traffic.
Nicolas Albrecht, Chief Executive Officer at CargoBeamer, says: "The expansion of the frequency on our historically strongest line Kaldenkirchen – Domodossola is another step in growing our market share for transports between the Germany/Benelux area and Italy. The new schedule of 17 weekly rotations reflects our ambition and commitment to the transalpine corridor. In parallel to the new frequency, we are working on expanding Kaldenkirchen and Domodossola into important cornerstones of our network as state-of-the-art CargoBeamer terminals with high capacities."
The CargoBeamer Group is an innovative logistics service provider in the combined transport between road and rail. As a pioneer in decarbonizing freight transport in Europe on a large scale, its mission is to improve the environment with disruptive and cost-effective solutions to shift freight transport from road to rail. The CargoBeamer system, consisting of patented wagons, transhipment terminals, and logistics software, enables especially non-craneable semi-trailers to be transported by rail, resulting in significantly reducing CO2 emissions and other external costs. Since early 2022, both company and service are certified as carbon neutral. Presently trains are operated in Germany, France, Italy, and the United Kingdom. The company is working on realizing a European network of efficient CargoBeamer terminals, connected in fixed timetables with trains consisting of up to 36 CargoBeamer wagons. It means carbon-neutral rail transport for hundreds of thousands of semi-trailers per year and significant relief for the environment and society.
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