The start of a new intermodal connection between Italy and Germany for Arcese

The intermodal freight service between Bologna and Cologne operating from mid-January will pass through the new Ceneri Base Tunnel, directly linking central Italy with the Ruhr

Thanks to the agreement between Arcese and Tx Logistics - a Mercitalia Group company - the beginning of 2021 sees the inauguration of a new intermodal freight service on the Swiss corridor between the Interporto of Bologna (Italy) and the TKN north terminal in Cologne (Germany).

Operational from mid-January with 5 departures per week and a transit time of less than 20 hours, the new Bologna-Cologne connection will connect the Emilia, Tuscany and Marche regions directly with the Ruhr and will allow the movement of up to 15,000 large semi-trailers (P400) per year. Thanks to this news, Arcese's multimodal network is extended and now includes connections throughout Europe: from Spain to Romania, from Turkey to Scandinavia with more than 50 daily departures.

The Bologna-Cologne train will pass through the new Ceneri Base Tunnel, which opened last September 4 and has made the Rotterdam-Genoa railway corridor even more efficient. Arcese proves once again to be at the forefront of intermodal transport: it is in fact one of the first Italian logistics operators to take advantage of this important revolution in European intermodal transport.

The new intermodal service testifies how, thanks to the partnership with Tx Logistics, it was possible to expand the network of connections between Italy and Germany" says Tobia Mazzi, Transport Purchasing Manager at Arcese, and continues: “We have been operating in the intermodal freight sector in Europe for many years and this new connection responds both to the growing demand for combined road/rail transport and the careful search for increasingly environmentally sustainable solutions on our part and that of our Customers."

The activation of this service therefore contributes to, and encourages, the modal shift from road to rail, with the aim of reducing road traffic, helping to reduce CO₂ emissions into the environment; in fact, it was calculated that one rail journey saves around 86% less CO₂ than one journey on the road.