At the start of January, three trains a week were set in motion in each direction. From mid-February, the frequency will increase permanently to five round trips per week. CargoBeamer will work together with DB Cargo France (formerly Euro Cargo Rail) as a traction partner. The new Franco-German route is the company’s sixth total, with five of the six lines added to the network in the past six months. CargoBeamer trains currently operate on six different routes with destinations in Germany, France, Italy, Poland and the United Kingdom. In the medium term, CargoBeamer wants to set up a Europe-wide network of high-performance and innovative transshipment facilities at important logistics hubs.
Strengthen established German and French nodes
CargoBeamer is already active with additional routes at both locations. The company’s first connection in the direction of Domodossola has been operated from Kaldenkirchen since 2015, with the economically strong region in Western Germany and the proximity to the Belgian and Dutch markets ensuring consistently high occupancy rates. In Perpignan in the south of France, CargoBeamer has been operating a route to Calais on the English Channel since summer 2021. In addition, from Perpignan there are numerous options for further maritime transport and the extension of transport routes to Spain. The patented CargoBeamer system enables all types of semi-trailers, containers, P400 trailers, refrigerated and tank trailers as well as other types of goods to be transported by rail without any modifications of their means of transport being necessary for the customer. Matthias Schadler, Managing Director of CargoBeamer intermodal operations GmbH, says: “After we have already greatly expanded our network this year, we are pleased to be able to offer our customers the next attractive line from January 2022. With the expansion of the offer in Perpignan, we are not only serving the southern French market, but are also positioning ourselves in the direction of northern Spain with the strong region around Barcelona. In addition, the addition of another route is also an important development step for our location in Kaldenkirchen, where we want to start building our own transshipment terminal soon.” cb/hfs