Inaugurated on Tuesday 6 November by the SNCF Mobilités Chairman and CEO in the presence of the French Transport Minister, this new piggyback rail line between France and Italy reflects the Government’s intentions to revive this mode of transport. This is good news for both the freight sector and the environment.
On Tuesday 6 November, Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne, accompanied by SNCF Chairman Guillaume Pepy and Thierry Le Guilloux, Chairman of Viia, a freight operator and subsidiary of France’s national railway company, unveiled a new rolling motorway. The fourth to be launched in France, it is one of the longest, covering 1,150 kilometres and connecting Calais in northern France with Turin in Italy.
While the Government prepares its umpteenth plan to revive rail freight, whose modal share has halved since 1990, the Lohr Group has spent several years developing a unique piggyback solution in France: the Lohr Railway System. Its added bonus? The specially designed horizontal loading of standard semi-trailers.
The Viia Calais – Orbassano rolling motorway will start up in September 2018 with an experimental phase lasting until December. In January 2019, the train will be increased to 21 double LOHR UIC wagons and will be split into two from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Orbassano.
It is never too late to shift to a virtuous transport system. By using the existing railway network, every new rail motorway service, deliverable in eighteen months, allows to transfer trucks from the road to the rail, thus avoiding GHG emissions.
French company Lohr Industrie is now deploying what trucking companies have been dreaming of for decades: a wagon that can carry standard, 4 metre truck semi-trailers throughout the European rail network.