Medway locomotive. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Italy sees new rail services as road capacity continues to fall

Rail freight company Medway Italia, in partnership with intermodal player Medlog Italia, has just started operating a new regular link between the La Spezia container terminal and the inland logistics area in Cavatigozzi (Cremona), both in Italy.

The 40-TEU train, pulled by Katoen Natie, is likely to be offered more than once per week, depending on the volume of containers unloaded for the client in the Ligurian port.

The new service was initiated based on two factors. Firstly, it is a reaction to the ever-decreasing availability of truck drivers in Italy which result in lower capacity for container transport. Secondly, cargo owners can start building up a more sustainable logistic chain for its import containers using the direct rail connections from the logistics center based in Cavatigozzi.

Turin-La Spezia

The same companies partnered up for another new service, also about to start. Starting on 1 December, Medway and Medlog Italia will connect the inland terminal of Turin (Orbassano) with the La Spezia container terminal. The capacity of this service will be roughly 40 TEU and the frequency three trains per week. Also this service was established in response to the decreasing capacity on the road.

This article was written by Nicola Capuzzo, our correspondent in Italy.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is editor of RailFreight.com, online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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