Rail diversion in numbers

Rail diversion programme is improving, but still low

 

At present we carry 27% of the volume that normally runs via Rastatt over diversionary routes. Thanks to other measures such as barge service on the Rhine and additional departures from our terminals south of Rastatt, we can offer around 55% of our normal capacity.

 

Why is this proportion so low? Railway operations are extremely difficult because of technical and organisational obstacles:

  • Some diversionary lines require diesel locomotives
  • Loco drivers must be found and need to be trained for the new lines. For each delayed train on diversionary road, twice as many loco drivers are needed
  • Diversions via France require French speaking loco drivers
  • Overcrowded secondary diversion lines are prone to delays and dysfunctions
  • Terminals on the diversionary routes are overloaded and add dysfunction to an already suffering system
  • Shunting service and traffic management functions are understaffed
  • International cooperation between infrastructure managers is slow

 

As a result, railway undertakings are not able to fully exploit the theoretically existing train path capacity, and some trains are running with extreme delays of several days.

 

Situation in week 37

  • Theoretically Hupac could count on a capacity of 120 trains, which is 39% of the normal volume
  • Because of the mentioned technical and operational hurdles, only 60% of this train capacity could be used. The lack of loco drivers is the main problem
  • As a result, in week 37 we were able to carry 27% of our normal volume on the diversionary lines

Preview for week 38

  • 120 trains (39% of the normal volume) is planned. The implementation of the programme depends on operational stability and the availability of loco drivers
  • Priority is set on the recovering of long-delay trains and the stabilisation of the system
  • The opening of the new diversion line Gäubahn adds some more capacity. The co-existence with passenger trains on this line, however, reduces the benefit for freight transportation

 

 

Target

Actual figures

Shipments today vs. normal week

Trains

Shipments

Trains

Shipments

 

Normal week

310

9.300

280

8.400

100%

Week 33

41

1.400

41

1.382

16%

Week 34

60

1.800

37

1.145

13%

Week 35

90

2.700

44

1.388

16%

Week 36

110

3.300

67

2.006

23%

Week 37

120

3.600

782.24927%

Week 38

120

3.600

   

Contact

Irmtraut
Tonndorf
Director
Communications & Marketing
Hupac Intermodal SA
Viale R. Manzoni 6
CH-6830 Chiasso
+41 58 8558020
itonndorf@hupac.com

Hupac Intermodal SA
Viale R. Manzoni 6
CH-6830 Chiasso

T. +41 58 8558800
F. +41 58 8558801

Contact us


© Copyright Hupac SA
Page update: 19.09.2017
CreditsSitemap