Xrail, the Alliance of six leading European rail freight companies, has continued its efforts to significantly enhance the international Wagonload and will start with pilots for international capacity booking in 2015. The chairmanship of Xrail will rotate in the future and has been taken over by SBB Cargo and Green Cargo.
Based on their unanimous decision to boost the Wagonload traffic across the European borders, the Xrail members have made considerable progress to realize an industry change for rail freight by accomplishing successful turnaround programs and by implementing capacity-managed networks respectively. Wagonload still forms the crucial backbone for rail freight traffic with a share of up to 30% and an estimated volume of about 85 billion tonne-kilometres within Europe. Xrail continues to substantially enhance the international Wagonload with the implementation of international Capacity Booking.
With the XCB (Xrail Capacity Booking) initiative, all Xrail members establish capacity-controlled networks on domestic level. The central broker system, developed by Xrail, will connect these domestic systems to enable simple and seamless Wagonload bookings between the six partners with full coverage across the entire Xrail network. Shippers will be provided with an estimated time of arrival (ETA) at the time of booking and perceive a new level of quality and efficiency for their European Wagonload transports. First pilots for international capacity booking are currently in preparation and will be operated in the autumn of 2015.