…as Calais stays stable in a tough year

The Port of Boulogne Calais said it showed i resilience in a 2019 marked by Brexit uncertainty and industrial action by customs officers in the spring. Despite Brexit uncertainty and a customs officer strike in Spring traffic at Calais held up well at 1 813 067 units (down 4.6%), just 90 000 fewer HGVs thanin  2018 and retaining the port’s 46% market share.  The Channel market as a whole experienced an ... [+]

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 ... [+]

Calais trucks stage recovery

Cross-Channel truck traffic continued the recovery that started in 2016 last year following the dismantling of the ‘Jungle’ migrant camp, said the port of Boulogne Calais. With a record 1.99 million vehicles transported, heavy goods vehicle traffic increased by 4.25% in 2017. However, market share has not yet returned to ... [+]

A nuit to remember for logistics firms

Turkish logistics company Ekol and the VIIA intermodal arm of the French Railways won the Multimodal Operator category at the Nuit du Shortsea Shipping et de l’intermodalité Gala in Paris on 7 December. Three months ago Ekol and VIIA announced the start of a new service based on a weekly shuttle ... [+]

Another piece in the jigsaw for north-south rail link

Turkey’s Ekol Logistics and the French Railways logistics arm, VIIA have added a weekly shuttle train connection from the port of Sète to Noisy-le-Sec in the Paris area. The two partners say the service, which carries trailers on rail flat wagons, is the first step in building a North-South rail ... [+]

Calais intermodal service may be back on track in November

An intermodal service from southern France and Italy to the port of Calais suspending at the height of the migrants crisis in Calais during the summer, could be reinstated as early as November. President-director-general of the port of Calais, Jean Marc Puissesseau told FBJ that the trailer carrying train service, ... [+]

Calais intermodal service suspended

The recently introduced VIIA intermodal service from Le Boulou and Italy to Calais was suspended on 10 July because of a surge in migrant acticity. A spokesman for the operator – a subsidiary of French Railways SNCF – said that since the end of June, the service had been the ... [+]

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 ... [+]

Green light for France/UK piggyback service – updated

A new intermodal rail service from the south of France to the UK has carried its first trailers. The VIIA Britanica service, operated by the logistics arm of the French Railways (SNCF) carried its first unaccompanied units from the port of Calais at 2am on the morning of Wednesday 30 ... [+]

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. ... [+]

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