PKP Cargo launches new intermodal service between Poznań and Duisburg
More trucks running between Poland and Germany will be shifted from roads to tracks by using the new Poznań – Duisburg intermodal service. It was jointly launched by two logistics groups, PKP Cargo and Duisburger Hafen. The new connection also provides delivery to other European countries, especially to the United Kingdom.
PKP Cargo Connect, a dedicated subsidiary of PKP Cargo Group, and Duisport Agency, a part of Duisburger Hafen that operates Europe’s largest land terminal, have been cooperating for years. This time their partnership resulted in a new intermodal service between Poznań and Duisburg. Four weekly connections in each direction will be initially available. Within the next three months, the train frequency could be increased to six. The new service is completely dedicated to moving semi-trailers.
“The transport of semi-trailers is a practical implementation of the slogan “Trucks to tracks” (Tiry na tory), and being part of the PKP Cargo Group obliges to introduce innovative solutions. Transporting semi-trailers by rail is a solution to the problem with the availability of drivers and reduces the level of CO2 emissions to the atmosphere,” explained Przemysław Hoehne, deputy director of the Department of Multimodal Transport at PKP Cargo Connect.
As for terminus in Poland, PKP Cargo Connect will use the Poznań-Franowo terminal that is the most modern and one of the largest terminals of PKP Cargo Group. It is located on the East-West communication route of the TEN-T North Sea – Baltic Sea transport corridor, very close to the A2 motorway, S5 and S8 expressways, in the vicinity of logistics centres located near Poznań. Moreover, it is one of the largest investments of PKP Cargo into the development of intermodal transport. The project cost 40 million zloty (around 9 million euros).