GTS Rail has the plan to reach also Swiss and Germany with its trains, which will operate autonomously.
This means that it is necessary that our railway subsidiaries are resident in these countries.
In the old model of production of cross border trains, traction had to be exchanged between syndicated companies on the frontier.
This system has proved to be highly expensive and inefficient, as to quality and reliability.
It’s like a sort of relay race, where the delay of just one participant may negatively affect the whole chain.
According to best practice, the same locomotive (of DACHI or DACHINL type), or two at the maximum, are allowed to cover the whole route upstream and downstream and the other way round (for example from Bologna to Zeebrugge B).
This allows the covering of long routes to every single locomotive, and it allows that borders are crossed only changing the wagon staff.
The first country to start this process was Switzerland, where GTS Rail asked for the licence and safety certificate.
The GTS takeover of 10% of the Cross Rail Company is part of a strategy aimed at taking control of the production assets, in the belief that an increase in the demand for railway services between the north and south of Europe will not be counterbalanced by an adequate increase in offer.