New Freight Rail Route: The Path to Eco-Friendly Logistics

The recently inaugurated freight rail route between Barcelona and Lodz, stretching over 2200 km, has become a significant event in European transport logistics, this is reported by the railway transport news portal Railway Supply[1].

New Freight Rail RoutePhoto: GEODIS

This route, opened by GEODIS, the transport and logistics division of the French National Railway Company (SNCF), has already attracted the attention of experts and stakeholders due to its environmental benefits and efficiency.

The Beginning of the Journey

The first train, consisting of 44 containers and swap bodies, departed from Lodz, Poland on June 11, 2024, and arrived in Barcelona three days later. Development of Railway Transport in Poland: Koleje Mazowieckie Invests in the Future[2]

This route, one of the longest in Europe, marks a new stage in the development of sustainable transport solutions. Interestingly, transportation on the final leg was carried out by road, further optimizing the logistics chain.

Environmental Benefits

According to GEODIS, the new route offers significant environmental advantages.

Harmful emissions and energy consumption on this rail route are 79% and 57% lower, respectively, compared to a road route, despite the latter being 160 km shorter.

This is particularly important in the context of efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of the transport industry and improve air quality in European cities.

Regularity and Reliability

In the initial phase of the project, one train per week is scheduled to run.

Trains depart on Tuesdays from Lodz and on Fridays from Barcelona.

This regular schedule ensures reliability and predictability for customers, which is a key factor in modern logistics.

Currently, around 120 trains operate weekly on GEODIS's European multimodal routes, highlighting the scale and importance of this network.

The Future of Rail Logistics

The opening of the new route between Spain and Poland is not just another step in the development of Europe's transport infrastructure.

It is an example of how modern technologies and sustainable solutions can reshape logistics, making it more eco-friendly and efficient.

In the future, such initiatives could become the standard, helping to reduce environmental impact and improve the quality of life for people across the continent.

Photo: GEODIS Rail business, industry, and railway technology news from Railway Supply that you might have missed: Alstom Unveils Driverless Metro Train for Sao Paulo: Innovations and Safety at a New Level[3]

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References

  1. ^ Railway Supply (www.railway.supply)
  2. ^ Development of Railway Transport in Poland: Koleje Mazowieckie Invests in the Future (www.railway.supply)
  3. ^ Alstom Unveils Driverless Metro Train for Sao Paulo: Innovations and Safety at a New Level (www.railway.supply)
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  8. ^ Railway Supply media kit (www.railway.supply)