Innovative transport and handling technology: VTG and Lotras cooperate on intermodal transport in Italy
Hamburg / Saronno, July 19, 2021
– roadrailLink handling and transport technology makes it possible for the first time to transport semi-trailers between southern and northern Italy
– Intermodal services from Brindisi, Lecce and Incoronata
With its roadrailLink (r2L) handling and transport technology already in place on other key lines in Europe, VTG has now partnered with Lotras to do the same in Italy. The first Italian line using the new r2L technology ran from Brindisi to Villa Selva (Forli). The intermodal service will be rapidly extended: additional connections are already planned for two other routes departing from Lecce and Incoronata near Foggia, in cooperation with several road transport companies. “It’s a big step forward. We can now use cranes to lift what were previously non-cranable semi-trailers and thus move more transport on the rails ”, explains Guido Gazzola, director of VTG Rail Europe GmbH Sede Secondaria Italiana. “The new r2L technology is actively moving transport from road to rail and could take up to 15,000 trucks off the road.” CO2 emissions will be considerably reduced and the traffic situation will improve considerably for everyone, resulting in less congestion and fewer delays.
“This cooperation is strategically important,” adds Armando de Girolamo, CEO of Lotras, “because it gives Puglia and southern Italy a stronger position in the national logistics and transport system, bringing the south closer to the north. This innovative technology and VTG’s partnership with road transport players to stimulate intermodal traffic demonstrate the serious commitment of the entire industry to sustainable transport, environmental protection and safety. . ‘
Innovative solution to manage intermodal transport
The innovative r2L solution for intermodal transport marks an important change in Italy. As in the rest of Europe, the majority of goods in this country are currently transported in various types of trailers. So far, however, only around 5% of these trailers have been suitable for intermodal transport within the EU. R2L handling and transport technology changes all that, providing a cost effective way to handle non-crane semi-trailers of any type. Even semi-trailers hitherto unsuitable for intermodal transport can now be put on rails, further strengthening the modal shift. The r2L transporter does not need any ramps or other fixings, so the semi-trailers can be easily mounted and unloaded from the pocket cars. It is ideal for use in terminal operations, where it only takes a few minutes to load a semi-trailer safely and accurately using digital and laser measuring devices.
The service is expected to be rolled out in September 2021, with six weekly departures from Brindisi to Villa Selva and six departures in the north-south direction.
The initiative was presented to Teresa Bellanova, Italian Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Sustainable Mobility, a few weeks ago, who showed concrete interest and great support for this innovative business partnership as part of a focus continues for the logistics and transport sector and in particular for the needs of the truck sector in southern Puglia.
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