Double digit growth for Hupac in 2018
After the Rastatt disruption, the following recovery and the take over of ERS Railway allowed the Swiss Group to carry 926,000 road consignments by rail to increase volume by 21%
Hupac Group carried 926,414 road consignments by rail (or 1,720,000 TEUs) thus increasing its volume by 21.4%, in 2018.
After the Rastatt disruption, the following recovery and the take over of Dutch rail operator ERS Railway - with its operational headquarters in Hamburg, specialised in maritime hinterland services and thus complementing portfolio of Hupac’s traditional focus on continental traffic - thus allowed the Swiss Group to increase volume by double digit percentage.
Non-transalpine traffic showed the most dynamic development with an increase of 38%. The increase of 98,000 road consignments compared to the previous year is almost exclusively attributable to the volume of ERS Railways, integrated in June 2018, which contributed with 92,000 road consignments.
Transalpine traffic through Switzerland also developed positively; in 2018 Hupac Intermodal was able to shift 67,000 more road consignments for a 14.4% growth; half of this is attributable to the recovery of volume losses due to the 7-week blockade of the Rhine valley route in August/September 2017, and, revised the Rastatt effect, traffic volumes in transalpine traffic through Switzerland increased by 8%.
Growth was driven by the semi-trailer segment, services routed via the Simplon axis to Novara terminal in Italy. The opening of the 4-metre corridor via the Gotthard Base Tunnel and the connection of the Busto Arsizio-Gallarate terminal at the end of 2020 will create new opportunities for modal shift, confides Hupac which in 2019 expects transport demand to stabilise as a result of economic downturn.