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Such an alliance could have a "competitive edge," according to industry consultant Drewry.
The port of Kiel (Germany) expects to transfer some 30,000 load units (+ 10%) from trains to ships for the first time ever this year. Trains of up to 600 m, instead of 500 m maximum, can now be deployed after some alterations were made at the Meimersdorf marshalling yard. The longer trains raise the transport capacity by up to 20%. The changes at the marshalling yard benefit the blocktrains to/from Verona (northern Italy) and the intermodal shuttles with direct connections to the ferries plying the routes between Germany, Sweden and the Baltic region.
Overall the consolidated revenues for the Eurotunnel Group for both passenger and freight related traffic grew for the first quarter of 2015 and reached €304.9 million, an increase of 10% compared to 2014 (€276.9 million restated at the exchange rate for the first quarter of 2015).
Presentation of a significant award for environmental stewardship has been accompanied by a warning that railfreight needs to match the pace of road transport innovation.
This week saw the start of another successful Multimodal exhibition at Birmingham’s NEC and one of the hot topics was, as ever, the slow transition of freight, currently borne by road haulage vehicles, onto the railway tracks.