Under a cooperation agreement with Ukrainian Railways, ÖBB Rail Cargo Group (RCG) will expand its intermodal network with the new connection TransFER on Vienna–Kyiv route. With the new connection between the two cities with stops in Budapest and Lviv, the ÖBB freight subsidiary offers the first regular, high-frequency intermodal connection between Ukraine and the numerous hubs in Central Europe.
Rail freight has proven its systemic relevance in maintaining supply security during the numerous international crises. “Not only Ukraine benefits from being included in the international network of ÖBB Rail Cargo Group. The whole of Europe must grow closer together as far as rail freight transport is concerned. This is an important step in the right direction, for the economy, countries and the environment,” ÖBB CEO Andreas Matthä said.
ÖBB Rail Cargo Group (RCG) is intensively supporting Ukraine with transport and logistics services since March 2022. In the segment of agricultural products alone, more than 2 million tonnes have been exported with more than 100 trains per month and more than any other freight company in Europe.
“Ukraine is essential as a source market for European supply chains – especially in the area of raw materials and agricultural products. Through quality transport products, we want to ensure the country’s integration into the European transport network to efficiently connect our producers as well as our receiving markets with European ports and logistics hubs,” said ViacheslavYeromin, Member of the Management Board Ukrainian Railways.
With the Vienna–Kyiv route, RCG thus connects Ukraine with the European Union and beyond providing many advantages for customers such as full access to RCG’s maritime, continental and Eurasian connections, trucking service to any European destination, fixed schedule and attractive transit times and weekly departures in both directions.
Traction in Europe on standard gauge will be provided by RCG from the Ukrainian border as a one-stop service. It will also handle additional logistical services such as terminal services, import and export customs and much more. On the broad gauge up to the Ukrainian/Hungarian border, Ukrzaliznytsia will take over.