TX Logistik focuses on growing Gotthard axis with more roundtrips

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TX Logistik will add more roundtrips between Cologne and Bologna following the growing transport demand for P400 semitrailers. The company currently offers five weekly roundtrips between the two destinations and starting from 9 July it will add one more, reaching six per week.

The Mercitalia Group subsidiary included the Cologne-Bologna route in its network in January 2021. It links the TKN north terminal in Cologne with the Interporto terminal in Bologna. At the beginning of the service, the company estimated it could transport 15,000 semitrailers per year. A year later, the addition of an extra roundtrip indicates that this number could be exceeded.

Demand keeps growing

The initial estimations and the possibility of exceeding them results from the growing demand for semitrailer transport in the Gotthard axis via Switzerland. “The Gotthard route opening with the completion of the Ceneri Base Tunnel in 2020 made transporting semitrailers with a corner height of four metres by rail through Switzerland possible. The switch to the P400 profile has significantly increased the demand for combined transport services on the route,” said TX Logistik.

However, apart from semitrailers, TX Logistik can also transport mega-trailers and swap bodies and containers on the route. The company mentioned that in each train trip, it can transport 34 loading units saving 23,000 tons of CO2 per year.

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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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