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12 August 2022 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 07:39 GMT+2

August 3, 2022

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After six quarters of recovery, in the period April-June of this year the performance of European combined transport is Worse

Schultze (UIRR): without effective intervention the current dysfunctions in rail transport will continue to persist to several years

After six quarters of recovery following the most acute phase of the global Covid-19 pandemic, in the second quarter of this year the performance of European combined transport is decreased by -0.46% compared to the same period of 2021, one year - 2021 - in which combined transport had recorded a record growth of +11% that in 2022 will not be repeated. It has remarked with regret Ralf-Charley Schultze, President the International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport (UIRR), in the latest bulletin of the association representing the interests of the sector at the European Union.

Schultze also highlighted the worsening confidence of the combined transport sector, with the barometer index that the notes that it has recorded this deterioration by positioning itself on "neutral". This - explained the president of the UIRR - because those who have to organize intermodal transport do not sees how operational bottlenecks can be resolved caused by the increasing number of uncoordinated and poorly managed jobs on rail infrastructure and from maritime transport which is more and more unreliable.

Schultze specified that, if the demand for transport combined continues to be dynamic as an increasing number of economic operators is experimenting with the replacement of the transport exclusively by road with intermodal transport, however, the significant operational problems of rail transport are undermining the quality of transport performance combined causing significant delays, capacity losses and doubts about the reliability of this mode of transport.

Schultze denounced that in this context the operators of the combined transport are left to themselves and are required of them to "cope with the situation" given that the legislation in most Member States does not allow a effective crisis management.

The president of the UIRR pointed out that without an intervention effective current dysfunctions of rail transport will continue to last for several years and therefore urged define a new European capacity management system and traffic in order to get out of this phase of operational crisis.

Schultze also noted that only the European funds allocated the improvement of the railway infrastructure will not ensure that the market share of rail freight transport can grow, but rather it will risk reducing unless the European Commission fails to introduce a new assignment of train paths and traffic management railway, with a particular focus on the management of temporary railway capacity limitations caused by work on the lines.

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