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17 August 2022 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 16:08 GMT+2

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Hupac reports moderate traffic growth

Concern about the difficulties caused by the works on railway lines

In the first half of this year intermodal traffic enlivened by the Swiss Hupac marked a slight increase in the +1% on the same period of 2021 having been equal to 575 thousand road shipments. The company explained that after a development lively in the first quarter, with high monthly growth rates, traffic collapsed in April and June and this due to route closures and capacity limitations determined by the intense construction activity on the Rhine-Alps corridor. This has particularly penalised the transalpine traffic segment through Switzerland: "in the north-south corridor - specified the ceo of the Hupac group, Michail Stahlhut - we could not reach the growth objectives set. On the other hand, traffic in North-east and south-east corridors has developed in a very satisfying. Traffic to/from Spain remained below below expectations due to capacity restrictions'.

Commenting on the current state of the market, Hupac noted that the maritime traffic situation remains tense, with congestion in traffic in Asian ports due to the pandemic that is triggering cascading negative effects even in seaports European, in inland terminals and in traffic operations arranged. To this - the company has specified - are added the poor performance of the German rail network, market in the which, despite an increase of +3% compared to the previous year, the ERS Railways subsidiary has not yet managed to reach the volumes prior to the pandemic. With regard to critical issues of the German railway infrastructure, Stahlhut noted that 'the extensive rehabilitation works planned in the German network in from 2024 onwards they represent a risk to the supply of European level if the work is not coordinated with the market and no viable alternative corridors will be created. To avoid let this happen - said the CEO of the Hupac - coordination needs to be improved international construction sites on all corridors and, in some cases, enhance alternative routes. Small measures such as exchanges additional, changes to the operating rules, etc. can make a big difference and must be implemented as a priority».

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