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Rail cargo companies join forces

Switzerland’s rail cargo company has entered into an alliance with counterparts from six other European countries.

Federal Railways Cargo announced on Thursday the creation of the Xrail group, which it says will boost the efficiency of international rail freight.

Wagonload traffic represents about half of all freight transport by rail in Europe, the company said in a statement, adding it had “significant international growth potential”.

“Close cooperation on production and information processes can help us unlock significant potential in efficiency and quality,” said project leader Günther J. Ferk. The project was initiated in 2007.

The group also said the growth of rail transport would be good for the environment.

The Xrail system links major economic areas in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, Sweden and Switzerland.

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