Rail Cargo Group (RCG) plans to extend their range of rail logistics service to and from Turkey, ensuring optimum rail connections with Central and Western Europe. Whereas currently Rail Cargo Operator runs a thrice-weekly service from Sopron-Halkali, with all traction supplied in-house as far as the Turkish border, an expansion is foreseen as of 2017. The new Poland-Budapest (BILK Terminal)-Istanbul route will add a rapid, high-quality service to Rail Cargo Group’s product portfolio. The terminal BILK of RCG in Budapest offers a wide range of onward connections to other points across our network, for example to Germany’s Ruhr Valley and Romania.
The cooperation with the Turkish State Railways (TCDD) is also set to be bolstered in future. For some time now, RCG and TCDD have been actively discussing potential joint projects to promote rail freight in Turkey and link the country with the broader rail network. Currently, rail carries only 0.85 % of rail freight flows, but this is set to grow strongly in the next few years. A few days ago, RCG and TCDD discussed the varied options for the Istanbul urban area and beyond, and defined a number of future projects.