Lorries on the railway
The transportation industry is highly influenced by factors as the rising oil price, continuous rising volume of traffic and rising toll on more and more roads. Everywhere people ask for environmentally friendly vehicles and try to save as much fuel as possible. The whispers for fewer transports on the roads grow louder and a cheaper alternative would be either putting Lorries on the railway or using mega-trucks. It is a European-wide discussed topic and more and more companies change jobs slowly.
Experts forecast a growth of 50% in transport until 2020 and therefore an improved infrastructure as well as an alternative to Lorries is needed. In the UK mega trucks are allowed on the road and they have a bigger capacity then Lorries; unfortunately only up to a certain lengths they are allowed on the European roads. The longer vehicles are able to carry more goods and so fewer vehicles are needed. The same applies to railway transportation: the longer a train, the more goods can be transported.
There is a big cooperation in central Europe between Bavaria and the Harbour of Hamburg, which is one of the most important sea-harbours for central European countries, regarding oversea-transports. Bavaria and Hamburg are not only important for Germany but also for South Europe. Currently 60% of the transports are done by railway and a raise of 5% is aimed to for the next years. A rise of 5% would mean reducing the Lorry-trips by 23.000 per year. It implies a saving of 15.000t of CO2. Long-haul trips on the railway not only save the environment but also the wallet.
LORRY-RAIL is a company who makes intermodality a reality:
“- Yesterday I drove over 1000 km in less than 15 hours.”
-“That seems great, but you certainly managed it by increasing your staff by two?”
– No, I just took the train…”
Intermodality reduces costs and saves time. Trailers from Lorries also fit on the train and a train has a much higher capacity then a lorry. Trains are allowed to run at night and recreation time is shorter then for drivers. Time is money and as more time can be saved, the better. Traffic jams won’t appear because the train system is controlled and slots are big enough to not allow traffic jams. Staff costs will also be reduced because of the lesser driving time. Another matter of expense can be crossed out: toll. As we can see, intermodality is a cheap and environmentally-friendly alternative to Lorries and important to use the given resources as well as possible.