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VTG And Lotras Introduce  Intermodal North-south Rail Service

VTG and Lotras introduce intermodal north-south rail service

Brindisi, Italy (PortSEurope) September 13, 2021 – Using the RoadRailLink (R2L) technology, Hamburg-based VTG and the local transport company Lotras have started a new intermodal rail service between the Puglia southern port of Brindisi and the intermodal freight terminal in Villa Serva, Forli, in Emilia-Romagna, Northern Italy. Forli is just 30 km from the Adriatic port of Ravenna. The service aims to make 312 vehicles
travel by rail, and no longer by road, on the section between Puglia and Emilia Romagna (about 700 kilometers), loading the trucks on the trains through the system called R2L. A Brindisi event inaugurating the new service was attended by Deputy Minister for Transport and Sustainable Mobility Teresa Bellanova, the parliamentarian from Brindisi Mauro D’Attis (Forza Italia) and the representatives of the local institutions, from the regional councilor for economic development Alessandro Delli Noci to the mayor of Brindisi Riccardo Rossi, and the president of Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mare Adriatico Meridionale (AdSP – Southern Adriatic Sea Port Authority), Ugo Patroni Griffi. “We are giving the possibility to the Salento area”, said Nazario De Girolamo, CEO of Lotras, “to take advantage of a unique sample service at national level”. The choice of Brindisi is because here “it is the most extreme point”, added De Girolamo, “where a railway terminal is active to be able to enter the world of road transport in an exchange platform 700 kilometers away, avoiding the road part”. Headquartered in Hamburg, VTG Aktiengesellschaft is a leading international wagon hire and rail logistics company. Lotras Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2021.

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