As the operator of the rolling highway (Rola), RAlpin has enjoyed a solid performance in the past financial year. Some 109,000 lorries were transported by rail along the Gotthard and Lötschberg axis routes. The Swiss federal government has also renewed its commission for the company to operate the rolling highway for a further five years and thus help the government achieve its traffic transfer target.

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«Rolling highway» increases capacity at short notice

Trans-alpine rail freight traffic through Switzerland continues to be majorly impacted by the closure of the line in Germany between Offenburg and Karlsruhe, which is forecast to remain in place until 7 October 2017. In response, the rolling highway serving trans-alpine freight traffic is increasing its capacity. Commencing Monday, 28 August 2017, RAlpin AG, the company operating the rolling highway service between Freiburg im Breisgau (D) and Novara (I), is putting on an extra 34 trains a week. It means logistics and haulage companies will be able to benefit from a fast and convenient alternative for transporting their freight between Germany and Italy.

The railway line at Rastatt (D) remains closed. The situation is not expected to improve before October 2017. While passenger traffic is experiencing a degree of inconvenience, in terms of freight traffic the blockage is having a major economic impact on logistics and haulage companies. Wishing to offer customers an efficient alternative to road freight, RAlpin AG, operator of the rolling highway, is responding to the delayed reopening of the line by immediately increasing its capacity on the north-south rail axis from 90 to 124 trains a week.

Because the rolling highway’s transshipment terminal in Freiburg im Breisgau is south of Rastatt, the service is unaffected by the closure of the line: customers can continue to transfer their heavy goods vehicles to rail. This avoids the time-consuming drive through the Swiss Alps, and the drivers can rest during the trip. “Because repairs to the line are taking longer than expected, in partnership with rail companies BLS Cargo and SBB Cargo International we are offering an extra 34 trains a week,” says René Dancet, CEO of RAlpin AG. “This corresponds to some 1000 heavy goods vehicles travelling by rail through Switzerland instead of by road.” While the additional capacity is primarily intended to help customers overcome the bottleneck, it also serves to transfer more heavy goods vehicles from Switzerland’s roads to rail, which is very much in line with the country’s transport policy.

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part-opening of the rolling highway terminal in freiburg i.br.

Completion of the first phase of the structural reorganisation of the rolling highway terminal in Freiburg i.Br. means the core part of the project is now a reality: yesterday, 22 May 2016, trucks began embarking rolling highway trains from the north, i.e. in a southerly direction – the trains’ direction of travel. The time-consuming loop manoeuvre in the Basel area is now no longer required.

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ralpin achieves strong modal shift results

Last year, 2015, was the first time the "Rola" rolling highway carried more than 100,000 trucks across the Swiss Alps via the Lötschberg-Simplon axis. The overall figure is slightly up on 2014. RAlpin's reconstruction of the terminal in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, is aimed at optimising the long-term modal shift from road to rolling highway.

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A good year for the rolling highway

RAlpin's rolling highway service transferred 110,000 trucks from road to rail in 2014. This represents an increase of 1.1 per cent compared to the previous year.

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RAlpin shifts its millionth truck onto rail

On the 28 February 2014 the rolling highway is carrying its millionth truck through Switzerland. Thousands upon thousands will follow: with the voters' acceptance of the FABI initiative, which puts the financing and expansion of the railway network on a secure footing, the cornerstone has been laid for accelerating the shift from road to rail.
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Ralpin reports record results for 2013

By running 5,500 trains, RAlpin's rolling highway service has transferred more heavy goods vehicles from road to rail in 2013 than at any time in its history.For infrastructure reasons the trains are limited in length to a maximum of 21 low-floor wagons, yet operational improvements have enabled them to run at almost 100% capacity.

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Changes in Board of administration

Following twelve years of growth and personnel coninuity, RAlpin has announced a change of Chairman. Mathias Tromps is stepping down as Chairman of the company's Board of Directors, to be succeeded by Erwin Rutishauser.

Change of Chairman at RAlpin


Rail freight actors join forces to overcome emergency

The suppliers of rail freight traffic via Switzerland can handle a large proportion of the transit demand by diversions via Lötschberg/Simplon. Close, constructive collaboration of all involved makes this possible.

Rail freight actors join forces to overcom emergency

RAlpin celebrates its 10th anniversary

On june 11th 2001the first RAlpin rolling highway train made its way through Switzerland. Since then the rolling highway has transported more than 700,000 heavy goods vehicles between Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, and Novara, Italy. If positioned nose-to-tail, they would create a traffic jam some 14,000 km in length – equivalent to a 50-lane jam right the way through Switzerland between Basel and Chiasso!


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