As widely reported by in the media, transport sector is facing an important emergency due to the interruption of the railway line in Rastatt in the Rhine Valley as a result of technical problems in the construction of a tunnel below the rails.
Nearly three weeks after the accident, the line has not been restored yet producing serious consequences in the industry due to an extended stop and disservice to freight traffic on the North-South European axis.
The emergency has also involved the industry associations that, in collaboration with the main leaders in the sector - including Arcese Group, are raising awareness of the Government to take action to minimize the effects that this interruption is causing on the trade between Italy and Europe. The railway line is expected to be operational again on 7th October.
Arcese has taken immediate actions to deal with the emergency and ensure that its services are operational. The solutions implemented include capacity increase on alternative intermodal routes already active (i.e. through the Brenner pass), set up of new intermodal routes (i.e. Novara-Basel) as well as activation of back-up solutions through Arcese fleet and positioning of vehicles in strategic areas to support alternative intermodal routes.
The initiatives implemented are still a work in progress, and we continue to work hard to consolidate them from an operational point of view. In view of an expected increase in volumes over the next few weeks, further actions will be considered to reduce the impact of the disruption.
"We have already worked to expand our transport capacity on alternative routes to the Rhine Valley,"says Marco Manfredini - Chief Operating Officer of the Arcese Group, and continues: "Thanks to the flexibility guaranteed by our fleet and a consolidated intermodal network, we are able to offer valid solutions even in situations of extreme emergency such as the one we are facing. The initiatives implemented are enabling customers' requests to be met, albeit with variations in transit times. Although the situation is currently critical at the moment, Arcese will continue to work hard to support companies that need to move goods on the North-South European corridor and to achieve their business targets”.