French intermodal operator Naviland Cargo has launched a new rail shuttle that will link the ports of Marseille Fos and Le Havre with Switzerland.
The France Helvetia Express service will operate between Dijon Gevrey in mid-France and the Chavornay combined transport terminal near Lausanne in Switzerland’s French-speaking region.
Reduced transit times are expected to play a major part in capturing market share for Mediterranean-routed trades via Marseille Fos and North/South America traffic through Le Havre.
Currently only a fraction of the estimated Swiss box traffic of 350,000 to 400,000 teu per year is handled by the French ports.
Capacity on each train will be up to 42 teu and the service will operate on a Day A to Day C schedule with three round trips a week.
Import traffic will depart from each port on Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays while export consignments will leave Chavornay on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
The shuttle will provide annual capacity equivalent to 12,000 trucks which meets the French government’s policy to extend the port’s hinterland connections into the heart of Europe through the development of eco-friendly combined services.