Alliance brings competitive rail freight on track.

Today, seven leading European rail freight operators officially created the Xrail alliance. Xrail’s goal is to render international wagonload traffic by rail more customer-friendly and efficient. The alliance aims to increase the competitiveness of wagonload traffic in Europe significantly, thus helping take traffic off the roads and protect the environment.

Wagonload traffic represents around half of all freight transports by rail in Europe and, according to market studies, has significant international growth potential. This most important transportation mode is now to become more attractive and more efficient. This is the goal of the new Xrail alliance, which was officially created today when the founding agreement was signed by the CEOs of its partner railway undertakings in Zurich. The alliance is made up of seven partners: CD Cargo, CFL cargo, DB Schenker Rail, Green Cargo, Rail Cargo Austria, SBB Cargo and SNCB Logistics.

The alliance intends to boost the quality and competitiveness of European wagonload transport vis-à-vis road haulage. “Close cooperation on production and information processes can help us unlock significant potential in efficiency and quality”, Xrail Project Leader Günther J. Ferk explained. The Xrail cross-border production standard benefits wagonload customers in three areas: reliability (at least 90 per cent in international wagonload traffic on the Xrail network), transparency (international timetables from customer siding to customer siding, active information systems) and offering process (standard response time of three days maximum).

Xrail – a production alliance with potential for growth

About Xrail

For more information about Xrail and wagonload traffic see additional factsheets on www.xrail.euLink opens in new window..

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