Rail Cargo Operator has successfully started a new intermodal train service for unaccompanied combined transport between Germany and Romania. The new service links the most important Romanian economic regions to the Ruhr district three times each week and represents an attractive alternative to road transportation. The production aspects of this service are completely implemented in-house via the high-quality carrier services of the Rail Cargo Group.
Railport Arad, the terminal on the Romanian-Hungarian border and part of the Cargo Center in Curtici, functions as a significant hub for South Eastern European goods flows and forms part of the international Rail Cargo Group terminal network. Due to the favourable connection to road and rail transport carriers and its geographically optimal location, the terminal in Arad is one of the most important logistics centres in South Eastern Europe.
The Rail Cargo Group is currently expanding the train services to Romania and neighbouring countries. Block trains are being run between the DKT terminal in Duisburg Rheinhausen and Railport Arad. This allows an exceptionally short total transportation time to be achieved and ensures faster, better quality and more efficient transport of containers. Optimum conditions are created at the terminal through late delivery cut-offs and the early provision of loading units. The terminal does not simply serve the North Western economic regions such as Arad or Timisoara but also large parts of Romania and Bulgaria.
The traffic is completely powered by the Rail Cargo Group’s in-house traction for the entire route from Germany via Austria and Hungary to Romania. The service is currently running three times per week with 200 loading units. An expansion to five round trips per week is planned for the upcoming months. The connection runs every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and the A-C connection transports all loading units commonly used for continental unaccompanied combined transport (including trailers, megatrailers and containers). Customers benefit from shorter transit times, high frequency and demand-orientated pricing, which represents a real alternative to the road, despite the current low fuel prices.