New intermodal offer Luxembourg-Poland launched

Operators CLIP and CFL multimodal have launched a new intermodal connection between Bettembourg-Dudelange in Luxembourg and Poznan-Swarzędz in Poland. The first train departed in eastward direction on Tuesday 28 January. The service will run four times per week in both directions, which will be increased in the near future to six.

The freight train transports containers, and craneable as well as non-craneable semi-trailers. The train efficiently connects Poland to Luxembourg and the Benelux area as well as France and Spain, using the existing intermodal connections from Bettembourg-Dudelange to Lyon, Le Boulou and Barcelona.

Go intermodal

Fraenz Benoy, managing director of CFL multimodal: “The expansion of our intermodal service offering to Central Europe will give us the opportunity to address the craneable and non- craneable trailers market. This new train can transport up to 15,000 semi-trailers per year. This is equivalent to 20 000t of CO2 savings, which clearly reflects our endeavour to provide both sustainable and reliable services.”

Agnieszka Hipś, CEO Clip Group S.A.: “CLIP Intermodal as an expert in Poland in intermodal services can promote this solution and provide a unique opportunity to all polish road hauliers to go intermodal. With further connections from Luxembourg to Spain we have the possibility to create one of the longest rail connections in Europe with the shortest transit time. The train will start with a frequency of 4 times per week, but we want to increase it to 6 times per week in short future. Transit time from CLIP to Bettembourg will be around 23 hours.”

23 hours

The rail traction is provided by CFL cargo, in cooperation with Ecco Rail in Poland. This train covers a distance of more than 1.000 km and has a transport capacity of 38 loading units. The journey takes around 23 hours.

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Author: Majorie van Leijen

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

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