RAlpin reports record results for 2013
By running 5,500 trains, RAlpin's rolling highway service has transferred more heavy goods vehicles from road to rail in 2013 than at any time in its history. For infrastructure reasons the trains are limited in length to a maximum of 21 low-floor wagons, yet operational improvements have enabled them to run at almost 100% capacity.
From the very beginning of 2013 RAlpin experienced consignment volumes that were considerably above expectations. 109,000heavy goods vehicles made use of the rolling highways through Switzerland in 2013 (+9% vis-à-vis 2011). This has helped us prevent around 30,000 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. Moreover, taking the year as a whole, the capacity utilisation of the trains was an encouraging 87%. Despite the challenging economic conditions – particularly acute in Italy – demand for the rolling highway remained buoyant. This was helped by the fact that we experienced no significant infrastructure issues such as closures of lines or other restrictions in 2013 – in stark contrast to the previous year.
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