CFL Intermodal increases roundtrips between Luxembourg-Poland

The Bettembourg-Poznan train service offered by CFL Intermodal added an extra weekly roundtrip in the timetables. The service added a fourth roundtrip between the two destinations in mid-May in an attempt to increase traffic and volumes by the end of 2022.

CFL’s Bettembourg-Poznan train is a flagship project. It links the company’s terminal in Luxembourg with the Clip terminal at Poznan-Swarzędz. However, it also goes further than that. From Poznan, the train can make a stopover in Luxembourg and then continue all the way to Lyon in southern France and Spain via the Le Boulou terminal near the French-Spanish border and Barcelona. Most importantly, it transports both cranable and non-cranable semitrailers.

Vertical and horizontal loading

CFL uses both vertical and horizontal loading technologies to make the intermodal solution efficient. Currently, the service has a capacity of 38 semitrailers, distributed over 15 double pocket wagons and 4 Modalohr wagons. Starting from mid-June, the capacity distribution will shift to 11 pocket and 8 Modalohr wagons. Regarding the transported cargo, it mainly consists of packaged goods.

A few months ago, Imad Jenayeh, senior business developer at CFL Multimodal, mentioned that the increased intermodal demand is a positive challenge that the Luxembourg based operator faces. “There is a powerful pull in the market towards intermodal, both for political and practical reasons,” he mentioned.

The expansion of the Bettembourg-Poznan service meets precisely this challenge. “The objective is to meet market demands and increase shuttles by the end of 2022”, commented CFL Intermodal while stressing that it aims to enlarge its network even more and use Luxembourg as a hub to “boost rail transport by linking Central Europe with Western and Southwestern Europe over a distance of up to 2000 kilometres”.

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Author: Nikos Papatolios

Nikos Papatolios is editor of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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