Intermodal triangular traffic launched between four countries
Troisdorf, 28 March 2023 – In order to shift more goods to rail, TX Logistik AG successfully launched an international triangular service for intermodal transports in mid-March. The offer of the rail logistics company, which is part of Mercitalia Logistics (Gruppo FS Italiane), connects Romania, Austria, Italy and Germany with one train per week. It was designed for two large Romanian forwarding companies and an Italian carrier.
Compared to normal round trips with outward and backward connections between two destinations, the triangular concept created by TX Logistik connects the terminals in Curtici (Romania), Hall in Tirol (Austria), Verona (Italy) and Duisburg (Germany) with one-way relations. Users can thus be able to bypass imbalances in the flow of goods. While all regions have high cargo volumes, there are not always necessarily sufficient volumes to load trains for a round trip with appropriate backloads.
The start and end point of the triangular connection is the Arad Railport in Curtici. From there, the train, which is also the first intermodal connection between Romania and Italy, first runs to the Quadrante Europa terminal in Verona – with a stopover at the TSSU terminal in Hall/Tyrol, where wagons with trailers for Austria are transferred. From Verona, the journey continues – again with a stopover in Hall – to Duisburg. There, TX Logistik, as one of three owners, operates the destination terminal at the logport III logistics area. The route from Duisburg to Curtici then marks the end of the triangular traffic.
Traction on the nearly 4,000-kilometer-long triangular rail link is handled by TX Logistik and in Hungary and the section in Romania by Hungarian railway company Gysev, a longtime traction partner. After the successful start, it is planned to increase the capacity with a second train on 18th April. The possibility of transferring the triangular concept to other suitable routes in Europe is also being examined.
About TX Logistik AG
TX Logistik was founded in 1999 as a private rail transport company and maintains an efficient European network with connections in eleven countries. The company has subsidiaries in Switzerland, Austria, Denmark and Sweden as well as local office in Italy. In its Intermodal and Rail Freight divisions, TX Logistik develops comprehensive rail solutions for continental and maritime traffic as well as tailor-made concepts for conventional freight. With around 650 employees and 8.6 billion tonne kilometres, the company generated annual sales of 253 million euros in 2021. Since January 2017, TX Logistik has been wholly owned by Mercitalia Logistics S.p.A., a subsidiary of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane.
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