New railway line Poznan – Luxembourg to be launched

CLIP and CFL multimodal announced the launch of a new railway line between Swarzędz, next to the Polish hub of Poznan and Bettembourg-Dudelange in Luxembourg by end of 2019. The service will be open to containers, craneable semi-trailers as well as non-craneable semi-trailers thanks to the Lohr Railway System technology.

The train will start with 4 roundtrips per week with a capacity of 37 intermodal units. The journey covers a distance of more than 1.000 km, mainly through Germany. According to many, Poznan is the most important rail freight hub in Poland, centrally located and with many existing rail freight connections in all directions. CLIP operates the terminal in Swarzędz, which is part of the Poznan district.

Non-cranable trailers

The availability of the service for non-cranable trains is somewhat of a novelty in the industry. The CLIP terminal in Swarzędz will be equipped with the Lohr Railway System technology, allowing to load non-craneable trailers on the trains. Agnieszka Hipś from CLIP Intermodal explained: “We recognise the contract with CFL multimodal as the next step, which we planned, of our development. We aim to provide a more comprehensive and environmental-friendly service to our customers travelling from and to our Freight Village”.

The intermodal terminal of Bettembourg Dudelange is already equipped with two platforms and offers regular connections further south, including to Lyon, Le Boulou and Barcelona. Fraenz Benoy, Managing director of CFL multimodal: “Our objective is to connect the terminal of Bettembourg-Dudelange with major economic centers in Europe. This new regular rail motorway between Bettembourg-Dudelange and Swarzędz allows us both to expand our intermodal service offering to Central Europe and to address the non-craneable trailers market”.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is editor of RailFreight.com, online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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