Munich, 6th June 2013 – rail, the European Wagonload production alliance, announced the implementation of seamless international capacity booking to boost Wagonload traffic efficiency and to enable reliable transports all across the partners' networks.
Furthermore, Xrail will expand its quality network to Northern Italy through Alliance partners' subsidiaries.Since its foundation in 2010, the Xrail Alliance has consistently strived to increase the competitiveness of Wagonload rail traffic in Europe in order to shift traffic from road to rail, thus protecting the environment. The next steps in this enriched cooperation have been taken with the signing of the agreement to implement international capacity booking starting in 2015, as announced by the CEOs and top representatives of the seven rail freight operators during the Xrail panel session at the transport logistic trade show.
"The new level of commitment is crucial for the partners to develop a sustainable model for the Wagonload traffic in Europe and to offer customers reliable Xrail services throughout all Alliance partners' networks," says Mr. Ferdinand Schmidt, Chairman of Xrail.
Implementation of capacity booking
The Xrail Alliance partners have decided to make an industry change by implementing capacity-‐managed networks and connecting these via a capacity booking broker on Xrail level by 2015. With the new features, the partners will enhance the efficiency and reliability of international Wagonload and extend the availability of Xrail quality services to all Wagonload traffics between the Alliance partners. "We believe that customers will strongly benefit from the international capacity booking system, which will provide them with guaranteed allocated capacity and a reliable Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) at the time of booking," says Mr. Schmidt, and he continues: "customers can thus perceive a higher standard in terms of quality, transparency and commitment in international Wagonload traffic."
Network extension to Northern Italy
Another important step for the sustainable growth and continuous enhancement of the Alliance is the extension of the Xrail network to Northern Italy. NordCargo, a subsidiary of DB Schenker Rail, will start to offer the Xrail standards during the course of 2013, while Rail Cargo Italia, part of the Rail Cargo Group, will follow in the beginning of 2014. In total, about 30 stations in Italy will benefit from the Xrail service features.
Customers will therefore benefit from quality transports to and from Northern Italy, including improved transport information before, during and after the transport, according to the Xrail standards.
In February 2010, a unique production alliance was formed for the operations of international Wagonload traffic between the seven rail freight operators CD Cargo, CFL cargo, DB Schenker Rail, Green Cargo, Rail Cargo Austria, SNCB Logistics and SBB Cargo. The Alliance strives to significantly enhance the competitiveness of European Wagonload traffic by working together to improve the quality of Wagonload services throughout Europe and as developed new international production standards, supporting IT tools and different quality improvement measures. In autumn 2010, pilot projects were initiated between the partners in the
Alliance and in the meantime the new production standard has been rolled-‐out to a relevant share of the international Wagonload traffic between the partners. Xrail implements a cross-‐border production standard benefiting Wagonload customers in three areas: reliability (at least 90 % in international Wagonload traffic on the Xrail network), transparency (international timetables from customer siding to customer siding, active information systems) and offer process (standard response time of maximum three days). For more information about Xrail and Wagonload traffic please visit: www.xrail.eu