Details are given of developments in combined freight transport in Europe. Fast, dedicated train services have given combined transport a stronger competitive position against road haulage. Compagnie Nouvelle de Conteneurs (CNC), the container transport arm of French Rail have introduced an empty container service, 'Depot', including handling, sweeping out and storage open to all shipping lines. Also provided free to CNC customers is 'Infotainer' a tracking and information programme. Other services include 'Infobill' providing costs information and "Infostat' providing statistical information. Prices for container transport have been reduced and a fast overnight freight service, the Tango Express, links Paris, Bordeaux, Marseilles, Toulouse, Montpelier, Lille and Strasbourg. French, German, Belgian and Dutch terminals are also linked by similar services. In extending services to the UK, the smaller UK loading gauge is a major problem. Three terminals are envisaged for England, in Manchester, Glasgow and London (Stratford or Willesden). A service via Harwich is proposed starting in the spring of 1990 and using wagons hired from SNCF. The rivalry between railway daughters and piggyback companies is discussed with particular reference to proposals by eight European railway companies to set up new combined transport daughter companies.


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  • Accession Number: 00604177
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1991 12:00AM