Paris and Novara now linked by new service GEODIS


GEODIS has launched a new road-rail solution linking the Paris region with northern Italy. Officially kicked off on Tuesday 18 January, the line links Noisy-le-Sec in France to Novara in Italy and is intended to offer an alternative to road transport.

The service runs three times a week in both directions and offers a loading capacity of 240 ITUs per week. This represents a saving of up to 75 per cent in greenhouse gas emissions, the operating company nothes.

All kinds of products

Daniele Bernardi, managing director of the GEODIS Road Transport Line of Business in Italy, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer a road-rail solution to our customers including delivery to or from France, for packaged products as well as liquids or powders; hazardous materials or waste.

A single loading unit is used from the sender to the recipient (swap bodies, box containers and tanks). All our container carriers are equipped with GPS beacons to guarantee safety and real-time information.”

Green strategy

Marc Vollet, Director of Operations and Multimodal for the GEODIS Road Transport Line of Business, added: “As the French leader in multimodal transport, we continue to develop rail-road solutions in Europe. This new France-Italy route provides our customers with additional capacity for cross-border multimodal transport and it emits three times less CO2 than transport by road.”

This project is part of the GEODIS Road Transport Line of Business’ green strategy. It operates more than 100 trains per week on the European network.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is the editor-in-chief of, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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