Freight on rail from Spain to Poland? Kombiverkehr made it possible

Can Tunis intermodal terminal. Image: © Adif Adif

Kombiverkehr has launched a new rail freight service that will connect Spain to Poland via Germany. The new service will link the intermodal terminal Barcelona Can Tunis with Duisburg. From there, goods can be transported to Poland through Kombiverkehr’s connections to the Spedcont terminal in Lodz and the CLIP terminal in Poznan.

According to sources from Kombiverkehr, the service between Barcelona Can Tunis and Poland is available three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Transit time is two days and 21 hours to reach Poznan and three days and 13 hours to reach Lodz. From Lodz, trains run back to Spain on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Transit time to Barcelona Can Tunis revolves around four and a half days. Kmobiverkehr is ready to increase to six, or even seven, weekly rotations if the market will require it.

As sources from Kombiverkehr pointed out, the service between Barcelona Can Tunis and Duisburg was activated in July. On the other hand, the service between Duisburg and the two Polish terminals has been active for over 20 years. With this new service, it is now possible to “transport trailers and containers between the Iberian Peninsula and Poland with just one switch,” as Kombiverkehr explained on LinkedIn.

Long trains and heavy cargo suitable for P400 semi-trailers

The journey is suitable for trains up to 600 metres in length. Sources from Kombiverkehr highlighted that this is because the cargo transported is usually very heavy, considering the containers are often full of liquid goods.

For this reason, using a 750-metre-long train would result in too much weight and pressure on the tracks. Moreover, the service is suitable for the transport of semi-trailers with a full P400 profile.

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Author: Marco Raimondi

Marco Raimondi is an editor of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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