The combined road-rail transport of goods (loaded on trucks, containers or semi-trailers) has suffered a setback due to the economic crisis triggered by the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.
In the first half of the year, volumes handled by combined transport services fell by over 7%. This is certified by the International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport (UIRR), explaining how the mood among operators for the next 12 months continues to be negative.
This crisis phase has come after a decade in which intermodal rail transport was the only rail freight transport system to show constant and dynamic growth in the period following the economic crisis of 2008-9. Last year, intermodal shipments in Europe totalled 79.22 million t/km, an increase of 1.5%.
Translation by Giles Foster