10 years since the launch of the SILESIA line train on the European rail network of DB Cargo
10 years ago the SILESIA line train entered the Polish tracks. The innovative service of single wagon transports started to connect the industrial areas of the south of Poland with the Western Europe via Germany and with the Southern Europe via Czechia.
Today, thanks to the cross-border cooperation between the companies of the DB Cargo Group: DB Cargo Polska, DB Cargo Spedkol, DB Cargo AG and DB Cargo Czechia, a unique offer has been created in which the line trains: Silesia, Mazovia and Moravia form a significant network for the scattered traffic in Poland and - being a part of the European DB Cargo network – in Europe as well. The success was celebrated on the railway station in Gliwice.
For years we have been consequently implementing the strategy, which aims at delivering high quality services that answer the demands of the market. It means providing logistic services in the full scope: not only services related to block trains but also to wagon groups and single wagons – says Steffen Bobsien, CEO of DB Cargo Polska. - This way our offer hits both, large recipients but also customers for whom transports in the scattered traffic are the best solution – he adds.
With the European network of wagon groups and single wagons DB Cargo annually transports 68,000,000 tonnes of goods. For the last ten years the SILESIA line train contributed highly to this result with four million tonnes of transported volume, three hundred customers and one million seven hundred kilometres of routes travelled.
Today with three line trains, Silesia, Mazovia and Moravia, we offer connections between Silesia, industrial areas of the central and north Poland and the western Europe via Germany and the southern Europe via Czechia. All three trains are connected with a pair of trains running every week between Poznań and Wrocław – says Tomasz Iwański, CEO of DB Cargo Spedkol. - This solution guarantees that the wagon circulation time is reduced, it provides a full freight-forwarding service, opens the possibility to transport goods to and from the East with use of the terminal in Sławków and forms a quick connection to the largest rail cargo network in Europe – he adds.
Today the ecological dimension is also of large significance. The carbon footprint of rail transport is several dozen lower than of other means of transport so rail is the answer to today’s aspirations to achieve climatic neutrality. The volume transported annually on the the European network of DB Cargo means 15,000 trucks less on the roads and 2,000,000 tonnes smaller CO2 emission to the atmosphere.