Rail Cargo Group to extend services between Western Europe and Turkey
8 November 2016 • Author: Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, European Railway Review
The Rail Cargo Group (RCG) has announced it will be extending its range of rail logistics services to and from Turkey.
Having been active in the Turkish market for many years, RCG plans to extend range of logistics services to and from Central and Western Europe to Turkey from 2017.
Currently, Rail Cargo Operator runs a thrice-weekly service from Sopron-Halkali, with all traction supplied in-house as far as the Turkish border. According to RCG, The new Poland-Budapest (BILK Terminal)-Istanbul route will add a rapid, high-quality service to Rail Cargo Group’s product portfolio. The terminal BILK of RCG in Budapest offers a wide range of onward connections to other points across its network including Germany’s Ruhr Valley and Romania.
Rail Cargo Group cooperation with Turkish state railways
RCG also plans to further boost its cooperation with Turkish railways TCDD (Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Devlet Demiryolları). For some time now, RCG and TCDD have been actively discussing potential joint projects to promote rail freight in Turkey and link the country with the broader rail network. Currently, rail carries only 0.85 percent of rail freight flows, but according to RCG, this is set to grow strongly in the next few years. The two parties have already discussed the varied options for the Istanbul urban area and beyond, and defined a number of future projects.
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