Climate targets require stable capacity for combined transport

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Traffic development 1st half-year 2021

Chiasso, 20.8.2021    In the first half of 2021, the Hupac Group achieved a 14.5% increase in traffic compared to the previous year. After the pandemic-related pause, the company is continuing its investment strategy in rolling stock and terminals. To ensure the stability of capacity on the international axes, Hupac proposes a round table of infrastructure managers and rail customers.

 

Transport development above expectations

Combined transport is growing dynamically and shifting freight transport from road to environmentally friendly rail – in line with the European climate strategy. In the first half of 2021, the traffic volume in the Hupac Group network increased by 14.5% compared to the same period of last year to 568,622 road consignments. "We have closed the coronavirus gap and exceed 2019 volumes by almost 10%", emphasises Michail Stahlhut, CEO of the Hupac Group. The positive trend is confirmed within all market segments and was consistently above expectations. An exception is maritime transport, which is suffering the consequences of the Suez Canal blockage and is affected by the congestion of numerous terminals due to imbalances in hinterland traffic.

 

The strong logistics demand of the past months has led to capacity problems, especially in the terminals and on the rail routes. This has an impact on the reliability and quality of rail traffic. Hupac is planning a series of measures relating to the organisation and availability of assets in order to strengthen the system and ensure the required quality.

 

Bottleneck construction sites: round table required for international coordination

The current intensive construction activity on the Rhine-Alpine corridor, with full or partial closures lasting days and weeks, shows once again how important it is for all partners involved to act in a coordinated manner. Simultaneous construction on several sections of the line with insufficient diversion options reduces the capacity considerably. The consequences are train cancellations, delays, terminal congestions, the explosion of production costs and shifts back to the roads. Serious effects are occurring at our Italian terminals, among others, where work has been in crisis mode for weeks.

 

"Construction sites must not become a modal shift stopper", warns Chairman of the Board Hans-Jörg Bertschi. Hupac is calling for a round table on stable international bypass routes, because construction works on the Rhine-Alpine corridor will continue to be a constant in the coming years. All infrastructure operators of the corridor should sit at the table, including France as an important partner for the upgrading and electrification of the Wörth-Lauterbourg-Strasbourg alternative route on the left bank of the Rhine. "We are convinced that a constant, targeted exchange between the infrastructure managers and the rail freight customers is the key factor in ensuring that construction and driving on Europe's largest supply artery can continue in the future", says Bertschi.

 

Investing in growth

More volume in combined transport also requires more capacity. After the pandemic-related reduction in investments, Hupac has increased its investment activity again. In the terminal sector, planning and construction is progressing at the Piacenza, Milano Smistamento and Novara sites in Italy and Brwinów in Poland. In September Hupac starts agency activities at the Brescia/Montirone terminal with its own staff, thus opening up new potential for the economic area east of Milan.

 

Hupac acquires a stake in WienCont

An important step in the expansion of the network on the Benelux/Germany-South-east Europe axis is the 4.16% stake in the container terminal WienCont in mid-August. "Terminals are door openers for more modal shift and support the green spirit", says Michail Stahlhut. "This participation is an important step in the expansion of our intermodal network to bring more traffic onto rail in the future and to strengthen intermodal transport". Hupac currently runs around 50 trains per week between the WienCont hub and the destinations Budapest, Duisburg, Rotterdam, Istanbul/Halkali, Ludwigshafen, Geleen, Bucharest/Ploieşti and Busto Arsizio.

 

Traffic development in the 1st half of 2021

Number of road shipments

January-June

2021

January-June

2020

in %

Transalpine via CH

308,324

268,135

15.0

Transalpine via A

18,815

17,170

9.6

Transalpine via F

3,633

2,505

45.0

Non-transalpine

237,850

208,680

14.0

Total

568,622 

496,490

14.5%

 
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Contacts

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