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Rail Cargo Group has launched a new TransFER connection between Verona in northern Italy and Regensburg in southern Germany. From 6 June, a night train departs three times per week in both directions. It is open for those goods that are currently banned from the road, such as wood, scrap and grain, thus contributing to the modal shift across the Alps.
To be precise, the shuttle operates between the terminal in Sommacampagna-Sona near Verona and the one operated by Bayernhafen Trailer port in Regensburg. By the end of 2021, the service is expected to be doubled, and thus increase to a total of six round trips. By taking cargo off the road, 10,000 truck journeys can be avoided per year in the heavily affected transit country Austria, and with the increase in round trips in 2022, this will even be 20,000 truck journeys.
Verona and Regensburg
Verona occupies an important position in the Veneto region of northern Italy. Veneto is the third strongest region in Italy economically, with the industrial focus in the areas of mechanical engineering and electronics, metal construction, fashion and textile industry, plastics, automotive, furniture and food production.
Bayernhafen Regensburg is the hub for freight traffic in the entire eastern Bavarian region and shifts long-distance traffic away from the road to the two more environmentally-friendly modes of transport: inland waterway and rail. Over the past few years, the Regensburg region has become one of the fastest growing economic regions in Bavaria. Internationally leading high-tech companies from, among other things, the automotive or semiconductor industry or plant engineering have settled and are expanding at the location.
This article first appeared on www.railfreight.com
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