13,000 lorries off the roads of Northern Norway

ASKO articulated lorry in Norway, source: ASKO

Norwegian rail freight operator CargoNet has launched the new intermodal connection between Trondheim and Bodø. It carries up to 52 semi-trailers in each direction. With the help of the new freight service, CargoNet will be able to remove up to 13,000 lorries from the roads of Northern Norway annually and shift this cargo to railways.

The new rail freight connection runs daily with several stops between the termini: Mosjøen, Mo i Rana and Fauske. It was arranged by CargoNet in a partnership with ASKO (Norway’s largest grocery wholesaler), Meyership (Norwegian logistics company based in Mo i Rana) and Nova Sea (Norwegian salmon farming company). The first departures started in mid-December of last year.

“This is a fantastic project. That is exactly what we were hoping for when we invested 170 million krones (around 17 million euros) in the Helgeland terminal in Mo i Rana, in addition to improvements at our terminal in Mosjøen”, said Leif Sagen, marketing manager at Meyership. CargoNet plans to increase the capacity and frequency on the Trondheim – Bodø route starting from April. This service could be easily connected with CargoNet’s intermodal link from Trondheim to Oslo.

Modal shift

All the parties regard the new rail freight connection as a convenient tool to reduce their costs. At the same time, such rail services contribute to the shift to rail. They are also environmentally-friendly and allow logistics companies to reduce CO2 emissions. The environmental benefit from the new CargoNet’s service is estimated at more than 6,000 tonnes of CO2.

Another option is less congested roads in Northern Norway. “ASKO wants environmentally-friendly and efficient transport solutions and has decided to increase cooperation with CargoNet. We are proud of the confidence we show, and we look forward to driving even more freight trains”, noted Erik Røhne, CEO of CargoNet.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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