GLS and Kombiverkehr listen to industry: more parcels on German rail

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At the end of November 2022, three of the main German rail freight associations pledged the government to help putting more parcels on the rail. Kombiverkehr and GLS Germany are collaborating to accommodate this request. The two companies have in fact launched a project to test parcel deliveries via rail in the heart of Germany.

The trial service is being carried out along Kombiverkher’s connection between the MegaHub Lehrte, near Hannover, and Nuremberg. The main goal of this test is to reach 1,000 daily parcels by the end of January. According to Kombiverkher, each container with a load weight of six tonnes transported on electrified rail tracks can save up to 350 kilograms of CO2. For this test phase, DB Cargo is in charge of traction operations.

German associations are being listened to

As mentioned, at the end of November, three German rail associations submitted proposals to increase rail transportation of parcels in the country. The three associations involved are the Allianz pro-Schiene, the Federal Association of Parcel and Express Logistics (BIEK), and the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV). Some of the key actions include a toll exemption for combined transport, the creation of more sidings, and the realisation of new hubs for combined transport.

One of the three most important corridors for these kinds of services highlighted by the association is the Hannover-Nuremberg line, where Kombiverkehr and GLS launched the service. The other two corridors mentioned by the associations the are Stuttgart-Berlin, connecting the southwest with the northeast, and Hamburg-Munich crossing Germany from north to south. Moreover, the three parties are asking for these corridors to be provided with connections to the Rhineland/Ruhr area.

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Author: Marco Raimondi

Marco Raimondi is an editor of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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