Rail Cargo Group has announced it has increased its capacities on the Rolling Road (ROLA) at the Brenner Pass, as the extension of the sectoral driving ban in Tyrol is just about to be introduced.
With this ban, the province of Tyrol will further reduce heavy truck traffic and the transit lorries affected by this policy will only be able to cross the Brenner Pass by rail. In addition to the Wörgl-Brennersee connection, the Wörgl-Trento connection is also available on the Brenner axis.
In collaboration with the Federal State of Tyrol, RCG is ready to handle an increased demand for ROLA, and in the same time, at the beginning of 2020, the operator will not increase ROLA prices on the Brenner axis.
In concrete terms, RCG will make available a capacity of 250,000 trucks per year on the ROLA on the Brenner axis from the beginning of the year and will increase this to 400,000 trucks in the course of the year, which means a doubling of the current capacities. This results in one ROLA-train per hour and direction on the Brenner-axis when fully expanded. If the available capacities were fully utilised, this would mean around 1,000 fewer trucks per day on the highway.
The road transport companies can quickly transfer their trucks to rail without the need to purchase additional equipment and contribute to the protection of the Tyrolean population and the environment.
As RCG is promoting environmentally friendly transport, all ROLA low-floor wagons are already equipped with disc brakes and are therefore low-noise. The remaining freight car fleet of the Rail Cargo Group already consists of two thirds of quiet wagons and will be running on quiet brake pads to more than 90% by the end of 2021.