Rail / Intermodal
Rail freight was long regarded as the most important transport mode for moving goods across Europe. Only with the expansion of the highway network in the second half of the last century did transportation shift more and more to road freight services. Although trucking offers many advantages over rail freight, rail transport remains an important instrument in the transportation of goods within Europe.
Transportation by rail is the first choice for bulk freight. The railways also play an important part in Ocean freight, as containers are often moved by rail between Switzerland and the seaports. Another important aspect is the so called Intermodal freight services, where trailers and trucks are moved over long distances on railway carriages. At destination, the goods do not need to be unloaded onto another vehicle for final delivery, but the trucks can drive straight to their hub or to final destination.