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Transmec to offer daily Italy intermodal route

[ July 28, 2017   //   ]

Transmec Group is to upgrade its UK/Italy service via Zeebrugge to daily, following a €6 million (£5.4m) investment in its intermodal fleet and launching new pan-European rail services,.

The transport and logistics operator is purchasing 160 Huckepack trailers, 100 swap bodies and 40 box containers for moving hanging garments.

As well as the enhanced UK/Italy route, these will serve a new twice-weekly link between Transmec’s private terminal at Oradea and Duisberg in Germany’s Ruhr and there will be a third weekly service between Oradea and Piacenza, Italy.

Group chief executive, Danilo Montecchi, said the investment had been driven by increasing demand and growth in the fashion sector with which Transmec has a long-standing association.

He added: “Providing direct connections between eastern, southern, central and northern Europe, our intermodal services offer a compelling alternative to road with differences in transit times of just 24 hours.

In the last year, freight volumes carried by the company’s trains from Transmec’s own terminal in Romania to Italy and the UK have increased by 33%, while volumes from Italy to the UK and Belgium have increased by 30%.