Semitrailers by rail between Calais and Turin
The French state railway, SNCF, and the Italian railfreight provider, Mercitalia, have started a train service for unaccompanied semitrailers moving between Calais (France) and Turin (Italy). The train, which runs twice per week and direction, covers the 1,150 km route in 18 hours.
The new offer will shift some 31,000 HGVs trucks from road to rail. Every trailer that switches to the railway saves 1.2 t of CO2.
The train is operated by SNCF’s subsidiary VIIA, which already hauls semitrailers by rail between Chambery Aiton and Turin Orbassano, Bettembourg (Luxembourg) and Le Boulou near Perpignan, and between Calais and Le Boulou. (ben)