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Seven freight-rail firms form 'Xrail' alliance in Europe


Seven European freight-rail operators recently forged the Xrail alliance to increase rail “wagonload” competitiveness and take more freight traffic off highways.

Alliance members are CD Cargo (Czech Republic); CFL Cargo (Luxembourg); DB Schenker Rail (Germany, Netherlands and Denmark); Green Cargo (Sweden and Norway); Rail Cargo Austria (Austria and Hungary); SBB Cargo (Switzerland); and SNCB Logistics (Belgium).

Wagonload traffic currently accounts for about half of all freight transported by rail in Europe. Xrail members plan to take advantage of existing rail infrastructure and expand their rail networks to provide European-wide wagonload service, and boost service reliability, transparency and marketability.

“Close cooperation on production and information processes can help us unlock significant potential in efficiency and quality,” said Xrail Project Leader Günther Ferk in a prepared statement.

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