Tuesday, 30 November 2021 06:56 GMT

Swiss fail to hit road-to-rail target for heavy goods


(MENAFN- Swissinfo) A mobile crane unloads containers from trucks onto freight trains at Dietikon in 2019 © Keystone / Gaetan Bally

The Swiss government has presented a series of new measures to accelerate the transfer of heavy-goods transport from road to rail.

This content was published on November 25, 2021 - 13:30 November 25, 2021 - 13:30 Keystone-SDA/sb

Last year 860,000 lorries crossed Switzerland via motorways and roads, a third fewer than in 2000. But this still remains above the government target of 650,000 annual transits, it said on Thursday.

This is despite the completion of the New Rail Link through the Alps (NRLAExternal link ) – which includes the Gotthard, Lötschberg and Ceneri base tunnels – and reforms to the Swiss rail network, the government said.

Air and noise pollution resulting from trucks is still too high in the Swiss Alps, it added.

Swiss voters in 1994 approved an initiative to protect the Alpine region from the negative effects of transit traffic through Switzerland. The government set objectives for lorries and introduced measures to encourage companies to transfer goods traffic to rail. But progress has been slow.

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