The Swedish operator hopes to double intermodal freight volumes.
SWEDISH public freight operator Green Cargo has announced details of its application for the 2023 timetable, with the operator planning to increase its overall offer by 10% by increasing its capacity by 100,000 units.
Green Cargo says rail has struggled to regain market share following the Covid-19 pandemic, with road transport increasing despite efforts to reduce transport emissions. However, with rising fuel prices and widespread driver shortages driving up the cost of road freight, the company says there is potential for growth in the intermodal freight business. It aims to double intermodal volumes by offering more frequent service, shorter trips and better punctuality.
Green Cargo plans to maximize available capacity by making trains as long and heavy as possible, grouping cars together to streamline car management and reduce delays. This will allow groups of cars to be coupled or uncoupled at stops along the route, which will increase the loading rate and make the service more profitable.
The operator will also introduce direct connections on high-volume routes, such as between the port of Gothenburg and the combined transport terminal at Rosersberg north of Stockholm.
“This is an app that includes a strong commitment to sustainability,” says Green Cargo CEO Mr. Ted Söderholm. “A single locomotive driver can transport 40-50 units on rail with an electric train, compared to 40-50 trucks requiring the same number of drivers on the E4 when there is a shortage of drivers at the same time. It is economical in resources to use the high capacity railway for the long distance between a port and a combined transport terminal.At the same time, it creates a demand for more local and shorter truck journeys to and from the terminal combined transport is an energy-efficient and climate-smart transport chain.
“If our application is successful, we will be able to offer an efficient intermodal transport network within the framework of our existing transport network. This means reducing delays by up to 30%, increasing the frequency of transport and above all improving punctuality. Handling will be simplified, fill rates will be higher and therefore market prices will be competitive and predictable.