City Cargo is the name of the Coop Transport subsidiary’s project Rail maintenance. The concept has been tested in Geneva since 2013. Urban branches are no longer approached from outside with trucks, instead the goods are delivered to the urban center by the company’s own rail freight company. At the location there, the swap bodies, the above-mentioned transport containers, are moved from the train to the trucks and only cover an extremely short distance on the road in the shops.
In order to minimize journeys, the swap bodies are already loaded in such a way that they can be optimally unloaded at the various branches. This is already happening in a logistics center outside the agglomeration. Because the test run in Geneva was successful, this concept will now be used in other cities. Basel is to be believed by rail from 2025.
This is what Railcare Managing Director Philipp Wegmüller said today at a conference in Basel. It is still open at which location in Basel the traffic junction is to be built. The freight yards Wolf and St. Johann would be favored. On the Wolf, the connection to the rail network is more optimal, but the St. Johann train station is centrally located in the city and is better connected to the road network.
Canton wants to get rail connections
Luca Olivieri, who is responsible for the mobility strategy at the canton of Basel-Stadt, said that he heard about the plans of the retailer in St. Johann for the first time today. “But that’s all the more exciting for the rail industry, I think, as the larger volumes can then move on the railroad.” At the conference, Olivieri reported on the canton’s mobility plans with a focus on the sidings.
Since there is no longer any significant handling of rail freight at the Badischer Bahnhof or on the Dreispitz, the sidings concentrate on the Rhine port and the Wolf freight station, both of which have to cope with a very high volume. In addition, the third in the group is the goods station in Sankt Johann, which still has potential for expansion.
Although a lot of sidings on urban soil have already disappeared, apartments are often to be built instead, but rail connections can continue to play an important role, says Luca Olivieri: “No, they shouldn’t be forgotten under any circumstances. That is an important element of city logistics. ” And especially at the St. Johann train station, there would still be room for an expansion on the side of the waste incineration plant. Coop was likely to be located.
Camion Transport also relies on sidings
At today’s meeting, Fredy Würzer, who works for the company, also underlined the urgent need for sidings Truck transport is responsible for project management. His company delivers goods overnight by train to the Wolf freight yard. These are then distributed throughout the city, depending on the size and weight of the delivery by truck, but also by bike courier.
Increasingly, CO2-neutral technologies would be used to drive delivery vans. For the continuation of this sustainable transport system, it is crucial that. Freight transshipment points and sidings are available to the industry. “I think it is also an important concern that. The appropriate logistics areas are made available and reserved.” This should not be forgotten when old traffic areas are converted into residential areas. “Living in urban areas is important, but of course it is also important that these can be supplied and disposed of.”
The meeting “How do rail and city logistics work?»Under the patronage of the rail journalists Switzerland takes place today Monday in the seminar center Rialto.