GEFCO pulls together its French car transport operations
Trans-European car carrier GEFCO has announced that it is developing its own rail transport network, in partnership with three train operators.
Transportintelligence.com reports that, since last December, the company, which uses rail for 25 per cent of its vehicle movements, has awarded contracts to the three separate operators on a regional basis.
Operations in central and eastern France are in the hands of DB Schenker Rail subsidiary Euro Cargo Rail, in southern France they have been handed to Europorte France, a division of Channel Tunnel operator Eurotunnel, and in the north and west of the country are the responsibility of Colas Rail, part of the Bouygues Group.
All three operators' services are operated with the agreement of French rail infrastructure owner Réseau Ferré de France.
"GEFCO has shifted from being a customer to an integrator and manager of all the rail flows," said Philippe Robert, GEFCO's Automotive Transport and Logistics division operations manager.
Car-makers will benefit from greatly reduced journey times for many of the 150 weekly services which GEFCO now operates, a number which it hopes will eventually reach 250.
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