Rail Cargo Group

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The Rolling Road picks up speed


  • The Rail Cargo Group transports more and more lorries by rail
  • Tirol: sectoral traffic ban measures take effect
  • Average occupancy of the Brenner shuttle increases to 93 %

The Rail Cargo Group is consistently pursuing its objective to shift freight traffic from the road to the railway and thereby actively help protect the environment. Tirol is notably committed to reducing air pollutants and has put in place a specific environmental policy, the sectoral traffic ban, which is having an impact for the RCG. Increasing numbers of lorries are travelling by rail and using the Rolling Road (ROLA) - the flexible, rapid and simple alternative for transport companies. 

As a result of the increased demand for ROLA services, Rail Cargo Operator, in its role as conductor and link between the market and the operational RCG departments, is supplementing the wagon capacity. From 3 July, the Wörgl–Brennersee Rolling Road service will be increased from 16 to 18 pairs of trains per day. By supplementing the wagon range, the Brenner shuttle will in future provide places for 648 lorries - an increase of 12.5 % or 72 lorries every day.

Travelling in the fast lane by rail

Since the beginning of May, the impact of the sectoral traffic ban, which bans the transport of certain goods by HGVs on a section of the Tirol Inntal motorway, has been clearly felt. For the first four months of the current year the average occupancy of the Brenner shuttle was 81.8 %; however, the occupancy rate has increased to 93 % since May. The growing importance of the Rolling Road in Tirol can also be seen when comparing May 2016 and May 2017. Over this period, the RCG has recorded an increase in the use of the ROLA for goods affected by the sectoral traffic ban of 70. 6%. This does not simply help protect the environment and relieve the motorways, but also provides numerous advantages for lorry transport companies. This is because ROLA customers bypass automatic driver rest periods, limitations on night driving and speed restrictions, and significantly, also avoid traffic jams, all while saving on fuel costs, toll charges and operating kilometres.

Thanks to the Rolling Road, Rail Cargo Operator, in its role as the coordinator of all the departments involved, transports many different types of lorries on special wagons with a consistently low loading area (low-floor freight wagons) and is also responsible for customer support, product management and scheduling, including transit monitoring. Cargo handling is carried out using mobile ramps in the terminals. Lorry drivers travel in the accompanying vehicle, which is equipped with beds and a lounge area and kitchen. In addition, lorry drivers are offered meals on every ROLA train.