With the Scandinavian subsidiary DB Cargo Scandinavia, Europe's leading rail transport company DB Cargo is putting its declared strategy into practice.
Since 10th November, the product portfolio of the DB Cargo family has been enriched by one component:
The Scandinavian Rail Shuttle is the first regular intermodal rail transport between Sweden and Denmark to offer a highly attractive alternative to the road. What is new is that DB Cargo Scandinavia itself takes on the operator role and thus controls booking, utilisation and implementation from a single source - and this for cross-border traffic.
With a capacity of up to 38 loading units, the Scandinavian Rail Shuttle transports trailers, swap bodies and containers between the main economic centres in Denmark and Sweden. The start and end points of the three round trips per week are Taulov in Jutland (DK) and Katrineholm, near the Swedish capital Stockholm.
The overnight transport time of only 14 hours makes the transport interesting for many existing and potential customers. In addition to regularity, flexibility and reliability, the enormous savings of around 80% in CO2 emissions are of particular importance. A saving of 1.2 tonnes of CO2 can be achieved per transported trailer, and that applies to each stretch.
As soon as DB Cargo and the customer have reached an agreement, the transports can be booked easily and ad hoc online. The experts at DB Cargo Scandinavia are of course on hand to offer advice and assistance.
"It is a transport which we brought into existence with great commitment and a lot of passion and which we have now started. And that in these particularly challenging Corona times", states Oliver Gesche, CFO of DB Cargo Scandinavia. "With the connection to our European network all the way to China, I see great potential for our Scandinavian Rail Shuttle."
From road to rail
The users of the Scandinavian Rail Shuttle are companies who wish to switch from road to rail. Everything from consumer goods from Denmark to Sweden to paper and steel from north to south can be included. "The railway offers a green transport solution, and we can even offer a" Carbon Footprint Certificate "so that our transport customers can document the CO2 savings and thus their contribution to the environment," says Maarten de Ridder, Head of International Sales at DB Cargo.
The plan is to offer 5 weekly round trips of the Scandinavian Rail Shuttle from autumn 2021.