CargoBeamer to integrate first and last-mile links to its services
CargoBeamer will soon add another piece to its combined transport services. The company will implement first and last-mile connections to its rail services suitable for semi-trailers throughout Europe. A spokesperson for CargoBeamer told RailFreight.com that they “are planning to launch as soon as possible, perhaps already in April”.
These road services will serve as add-ons to the company’s railway connections in northern Italy, western Germany, Benelux, France, Northeastern Spain, the UK, and Ireland. It will connect all terminals in CargoBeamer’s network to third-party locations, warehouses, and Ro-Ro ports of the region.
The service was tested by the German company on the route between Domodossola and the port of Genoa in northeast Italy. Domodossola is one CargoBeamer’s destinations from Kaldenkirchen, and the company recently increased the frequency of connections on this route.
Service available in single or rotational model
The service will be available in both a single or rotational model. The single model entails that companies apply either for first or last-mile connections and not both services. The rotational model, on the other hand, will allow customers to book for both first and last-mile transportation. Moreover, as the CargoBeamer spokesperson pointed out, companies can use this service for roundtrips between terminals and delivery locations. For example, customers can receive the last-mile delivery of a semi-trailer at their selected location and send a semi-trailer back as a new first-mile connection for further transportation by rail.
For this new initiative, CargoBeamer will rely on partnerships with other companies for the provision of trucks. As the CargoBeamer spokesperson highlighted, this project could incentivise truck companies involved in it to invest in alternative fuel vehicles. First and last-mile deliveries cover relatively short distances, thus possibly being carried out with such vehicles, which would have a lower environmental impact. The emissions produced by this new service will be compensated through the company’s carbon neutrality programme. The company has, in fact, been granted the status of carbon neutral by TÜV Nord Cert in 2022.