VIIA adds Turin-Calais route

French Railways’ VIIA arm has added a second rail motorway service into Calais, from Turin. The new route, which runs twice a day from the Italian city’s Orbassano terminal, complements the existing twice-daily route from Le Boulou on the French-Spanish border, to Calais, inaugurated in March 2016. Transit time is 18 hours. The service is operated by Fret SNCF and and the Italian state rail company’s Mercitalia subsidiary. Trailers from the service ... [+]

Rail Freight Group boss denounces German ‘shambles’

Rail Freight Group chairman Tony Berkeley has described German infrastructure operator DB Netz as “like rabbits caught in a car headlight” in the wake of the Radstatt disaster – in which an engineering mishap caused the closure of one of the most heavily used intermodal corridors in Europe. He says that, ... [+]

New venture promises better train connections

The logistics arm of the French railways (SNCF) and Marseille –based digital sea freight solutions company Traxens are forming a partnership to promote a new generation of ‘digital’ freight trains in 2017. They will help improve the performance and appeal of rail in the freight market, with real-time data and ... [+]

French railways buys into Swiss freight business

French Railways’ SNCF Logistics arm has bought a 45% stake in the Cargo subsidiary of independent Swiss rail operator BLS. SNCF said it would strengthen its presence in the north-south market as BLS operates a prime route to italy. SNCF’s two Captrain subsidiaries are the second largest in the German ... [+]

VIIA adds Italy option

French rail SNCF's VIIA logistics arm announced a new service from Italy to the UK during  Multimodal. Following the announcement in March this year of a route from the Spanish-French border to Dover via Calais,  a further new service will transport unaccompanied trailers by rail between Orbassano (near Torino) and ... [+]

New start date for Calais intermodal service

The new piggyback service from southern France to Calais will now start on the evening of 29 March. The VIIA Britanica service, from Port Bou on the Spanish-French border and Calais, which was originally due to go into operation on 12 January, was postponed due to security concerns in Calais. ... [+]

Calais intermodal service put back due to migrant fears

SNCF Logistics’ rail freight subsidiary VIIA has postponed introduction of a new piggyback service from the South of France to Calais because of the migrant problems in the French port. The VIIA Britanica service was due to start operations from Le Boulou on the French-Spanish border on 12 January. While ... [+]

RFG angry at French rail plan

Britain's Rail Freight Group says that it is unhappy at French Government proposals to restructure its railways, bringing infrastructure manager RFF and incumbent operator SNCF into a single organisation. It says that the planned Groupement d’Infrastructure Unique (single infrastructure group) will manage the infrastructure, the timetable and maintenance and renewals ... [+]

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