DHL Cares about Future Environment
The train will run between Lübeck/Travemünde and VeronaBonn, 01/03/2005, 10:30 AM CET
DHL Express in the Nordic region has signed a contract with TX Logistik. The contract marks the starting point for scheduled freight train traffic - a so-called block train, which in this case will consist of 28 wagons. The train will run between Lübeck/Travemünde and Verona, both ways. Furthermore, an agreement concerning close cooperation between DHL Express and Lübecker Hafengesellschaft mbH (LHG) has been made, allowing both companies to make use of the block train. The block train will depart twice a week; Saturdays and Wednesdays from Lübeck/Travemünde to Verona, and Tuesdays and Fridays from Verona till Lübeck/Travemünde.
Initially the train will consist of trailer wagons, but the purpose is to add a number of conventional freight wagons during the first part of 2005. With this proceeding, DHL will become the only pan-European logistic company in Europe, which can produce scheduled transports with mixed trains, suitable for all sorts of goods, i.e. trains that consist of both trailers and conventional freight wagons.
"There is a go-ahead spirit in this DHL investment. We have taken our first strategic step towards a huge enlargement of networks for intermodal transports in Europe", says Stefan Nilsson, Nordic Freight Director, DHL Express. The first tour with the block train was performed Saturday November 20th. DHL's partner TX Logistik is the responsible for handling the locomotive and the number of wagons, as well as performing the rail transports at the "right" quality.
"Rail transports provide many advantages. One is that we will deliver goods with better preciseness within the Continent when avoiding road transports on highly overloaded roads in Europe. Another is that these types of transports create an increased cost efficiency. Yet another important consequence is less environmental impact. The emission of carbon dioxide is dramatically reduced. Our investment in rail transports contributes to DHL's strategy towards sustainable development", says Nilsson.
Large amounts of goods, which DHL today is carrying by truck from the Nordic region and further out to the Continent, will as of now be sent by the block train. Consolidation of goods mainly from Sweden, Finland, Norway, and to a certain extent also Denmark and the Baltic States, will be made in Lübeck/Travemünde or in another suitable consolidating area.
Scheduled traffic with the block train to/from Verona means that more than 130,000 tons of goods will be forwarded by train and not by truck as previously. Hence follows that the emission of carbon dioxide will be reduced by 70 %, equivalent to 15,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year.