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New container rail freight links Marseilles, Le Havre and Lausanne

  10.09.2018    

A new rail shuttle connecting the French container ports of Marseilles Fos and Le Havre with Lausanne has commenced operations as part of a joint initiative with intermodal operator Naviland Cargo. Each train will offer capacity of up to 42 TEU.
The France Helvetia Express service that makes three round trips per week will operate between Dijon Gevrey in mid-France - where rail shuttles serving each port will connect - and the Chavornay combined transport terminal near Lausanne, in Switzerland's French-speaking region, reported the American Journal of Transportation.
Only a fraction of the estimated potential Swiss containerised rail freight traffic of 350,000 to 400,000 TEU per year is currently handled by the French ports. Reduced transit times are expected to play a major role in winning greater market share, particularly for Mediterranean-routed trades via Marseille Fos and North/South America traffic through Le Havre.
The initiative is in line with the French government's policy to extend the port hinterlands into the heart of Europe through the development of eco-friendly combined transport services. The France Helvetia shuttle will provide annual capacity equivalent to 12,000 trucks.
Marseille Fos already offers 200 container shuttle options per week throughout France and also in northern Europe, notably through "fresh food corridors" with Zeebrugge, Rotterdam, Hamburg and Lubeck.



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