TX Logistik AG, a company specialized in Europe-wide transport services and part of the Italian railway group Polo Mercitalia (FS Italiane Group), has expanded its rail freight traffic in Sweden. As of 6 April, the number of trains between Bro (Stockholm) and Malmo for the Swedish retail chain Coop was increased from 10 to 20 per week. The connection is used to supply foodstuffs to the supermarkets in the south of the country.
TX Logistik (TXL) has been on the rails for Coop in Sweden since 2012. The retail chain has commissioned TXL to double the number of round trips. The start and destination is the central warehouse in Bro (about 30 kilometres north-west of Stockholm). On the way to Malmo, the trains make a stopover in Alvesta near Växjo. The higher frequency enables Coop to transfer 520 trucks from road to rail every week. This benefits both the environment and safety. By Coop transporting its goods by rail, the Swedish group says it saves up to 9,600 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year compared with road transport.
The expansion of TXL‘s existing business in Sweden emphasizes the progressive implementation of the Mercitalia Group‘s European expansion strategy, in which TX Logistik plays a leading role. The transport solution developed for Coop demonstrates the level of efficiency and quality that the rail system has now achieved. Even for goods that were previously transported almost exclusively by road, a more extensive use of rail is now possible.