TX Logistik AG has increased the number of round train trips between Germany and Italy from five to six per week on the Duisburg – Segrate rail route.
The company says that this expansion is the result of the increased demand for the transport of semi-trailers.
Since the expansion of the Gotthard axis has been completed, modern trailers with a corner height of four meters (profile P400) can be transported by rail through Switzerland without any restrictions. This has given an additional boost to demand on this route. For this reason, TX Logistik is adding a Saturday departure to its schedule in each direction, in addition to the previous departures on Mondays to Fridays.
On the Duisburg – Segrate rail route, the trains operate between the DUSS terminal Duisburg – Ruhrort Hafen and the Terminal Intermodale Milano Segrate east of Milan. The route runs along the Rhine via Zurich, through the Gotthard Tunnel, via Chiasso to Segrate and back.
In December, TX Logistik started to use the Intermodale Milano Segrate terminal, operated by Terminali Italia (part of FS Italiane), located on the intermodal link between Duisburg and Milan. The transshipment facility is replacing the previous destination terminal Busto Arsizio. The transport company selected this terminal as Segrate is closer to the metropolis of Milan and the industrial district of Bergamo and Brescia and in addition, numerous Mercitalia connections to other destinations in the Italian rail network, for example to Rome, Naples and Sicily, can also be used there.
The connection is operated as an open train system and numerous customers regularly use the 34 loading units per train to transport containers, semi-trailers, which account for more than half of the loading units, swap bodies, as well as tank and silo units. Mainly consumer goods are transported on the rail link between the two countries.