Transfesa Logistics and Euro Pool System (EPS) have announced the signing of an agreement to operate the CoolRail service.
As a result of the alliance, the first direct rail connection for refrigerated products between Valencia and Rotterdam is expanding its coverage area in Europe.
The companies have joined forces to launch a new stage in the evolution of the service, which will continue under the name 'CoolRail powered by Transfesa Logistics'.
According to the companies involved, the new cooperation makes it possible to widen the network available to the market.
In addition to the main route to Rotterdam, destinations to the UK, the Nordic countries, Germany and Poland, will also be added.
The new route from Valencia to London will give CoolRail's British customers to a 'fast, sustainable and economically attractive transport solution', the groups stated.
Along the same lines, the commissioning of a direct train to Cologne will allow CoolRail to reach Scandinavia, Poland and the Czech Republic through Germany.
The CoolRail service will use the vast infrastructure of DB Cargo, the main shareholder of Transfesa Logistics.
“The association with Euro Pool System is a great opportunity for us to show the fresh produce market that the railroad can be just as fast and reliable as road service,' said Bernd Hullerum, CEO of Transfesa Logistics. 'In addition, it contributes to achieve more environmentally friendly supply chains, since a train emits nine times less CO2 than a lorry.'
Gerjo Scheringa, CEO of Euro Pool System, confirmed that EPS was excited about the next step.
“It is our goal to achieve greater sustainability in the logistics sector across Europe. Our partnership with Transfesa Logistics helps with reducing CO2 emissions by replacing road traffic with a direct rail connection.'
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