RCG has already been a reliable partner of the Federal State of Tyrol when it comes to shifting truck traffic from road to rail and thus relieving the population. Due to the short loading and unloading times of the ROLA trains, quick train turns and high-frequency traffic can be realized, which means that many trucks can be dispatched by rail in a short time. In this way, road transport companies can quickly transfer their trucks to rail without the need to purchase additional equipment and contribute to the protection of the Tyrolean population and the environment. In addition to the Wörgl-Brennersee connection, the Wörgl-Trento connection is also available on the Brenner axis.
Prices remain stable
When the extended sectoral driving ban comes into force at the beginning of 2020, the province of Tyrol will further reduce heavy truck traffic. The transit lorries affected by the driving ban will only be able to cross the Brenner Pass by rail. RCG has taken precautions early on and in close cooperation with the Federal State of Tyrol in order to be able to handle an increased demand for ROLA. At the same time, the ROLA prices on the Brenner axis will not be increased at the beginning of 2020. Thus, road transport companies affected by the sectoral driving ban will have a simple and attractive alternative to road transport.
The ROLA has been an effective instrument for reducing the traffic burden on the Tyrolean population for years. Even in the current situation, it is an important contribution to the solution, and capacities are being gradually increased for this purpose. In concrete terms, RCG will make available a capacity of 250,000 trucks per year on the ROLA on the Brenner axis from the beginning of the year and will increase this to 400,000 trucks in the course of the year. This ultimately means a doubling of the current capacities. This means that the expected shift of trucks to rail can be managed and trucks can be transported through Tyrol in an environmentally friendly way.
Over 1,000 fewer trucks on Tyrol's roads each day
All in all, this results in one ROLA-train per hour and direction on the Brenner-axis when fully expanded. If the available capacities were fully utilised, this would mean around 1,000 fewer trucks per day on the highway. Successful test runs in spring and autumn of this year have shown that this train programme can be mastered on the route. All ROLA low-floor wagons are already equipped with disc brakes and are therefore low-noise. The remaining freight car fleet of the Rail Cargo Group already consists of two thirds of quiet wagons and will be running on quiet brake pads to more than 90% by the end of 2021. Another important change for Tyrol will be the so-called "Quieter Routes", which will be introduced throughout the EU from 2024. From 2024 onwards, all freight wagons running on these routes must be "quiet". In Tyrol, the Kufstein-Brenner railway line will become a "Quiet Route", which is in fact equivalent to a ban on "noisy" freight wagons in Tyrol. The required measures will bring about a halving of the perceived noise level in freight traffic.