ÖBB Rail Cargo Group continues expansion of its Carrier network
Following the acquisition of Rail Time Polska Sp. z.o.o. in 2019, ÖBB Rail Cargo Group’s Carrier network has now expanded into 12 European countries.
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As of autumn 2019, when ÖBB Rail Cargo Group (ÖBB RCG) acquired Rail Time Polska Sp. z.o.o. – a railway undertaking (RU) – and began providing its own traction services in Poland, the Carrier network extended its services to 12 European countries.
The RU, now officially known as Rail Cargo Carrier – Poland Sp. z.o.o., offers significant growth potential for the ÖBB Rail Cargo Group. Poland is the second largest rail freight market in Europe, is connected to two important freight corridors and is also playing an increasingly important role in transports to and from China. With its new Polish freight railway company, ÖBB RCG is able to provide continuous high-quality production, guaranteed with immediate effect.
With the introduction of Rail Cargo Carrier – Poland Sp. z.o.o., ÖBB RCG now forms the bridge on Freight Corridor 8 for transports from the North Sea ports to Poland, Russia and on to Asia. Additionally, the rail logistics provider ensures the connection of Polish industrial centres to the Adriatic ports and Southern Europe via Freight Corridor 5.
Following the addition of the traction services in Poland, ÖBB Rail Cargo Group’s Carrier network has increased to a total of 12 of its own freight railways, providing logistics customers are provided with guaranteed maximum transport quality along the entire logistics and transport chain.
The steel sector will see significant benefits, but the intermodal sector, in particular, will benefit from the new production activities in Poland due to fast and reliable cross-border traction at competitive prices.
As one of the central elements of ÖBB RCG’s strategy, the expansion of in-house traction activities aims to develop high-quality train products in the Central and South-Eastern European region through cross-border production services using a modern locomotive pool. This improves the planning, processing and monitoring of logistics services, subsequently making it possible to guarantee the highest possible quality and safety.