Looking for a shift to rail? This initiative might be what you need

An intermodal train in Poland, source: PKP Cargo

A new initiative is underway to incentivise shippers and freight forwarders to use more rail. Shift2030, an enterprise promoting the modal shift, launched the Time2Shift action, providing what possible rail customers need more: practical information.

“Time2Shift has been launched to serve as an entry point for shippers and carriers to learn about shifting their cargo to energy-saving rail. Transport on rail consumes five times less energy than diesel trucks and is considerably more climate-friendly at the same time. These are compelling reasons, and everyone concerned should consider shifting cargo to rail now”, commented Sebastian Ruckes, chairman of shift2030.

Insufficient information

The discussion about the modal shift and a green transition in transport has been around for a while. However, many people are still unaware of the benefits that using rail could bring to their business. In this case, there is no one else to blame than the rail freight sector, which has not communicated its benefits sufficiently. “There is a need for such a campaign, as many shippers and carriers do not yet know about all available solutions in rail freight”, said Ruckes.

The initiative has already launched its website with the support of many industry stakeholders like the platform provider Rail-Flow, the rail rental company Railpool and the railway undertaking Eisenbahngesellschaft Potsdam (EGP). Additionally, it is supported by the associations Allianz pro Schiene, Netzwerk Europäischer Eisenbahnen (NEE) and UIRR.

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Author: Nikos Papatolios

Nikos Papatolios is editor of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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