The first train departed from Bettembourg-Dudelange on January 28 carrying both containers and semi-trailers.

The service will operate four times a week with an end-to-end journey time of around 23 hours. CFL Cargo operates the service in Luxembourg and Germany, with Ecco Rail managing the Polish section of the route.

The Bettembourg-Dudelange intermodal terminal is an important hub for freight moving to and from France and Spain and the new service improves connections from the facility to central Europe.

“This new train can transport up to 15,000 semi-trailers per year,” says CFL Multimodal delegated manager, Mr Fraenz Benoy. “That equals 20,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions and reflects our determination to offer sustainable and environment friendly services, which are efficient at the same time.”

Clip CEO, Mrs Agnieszka Hips, says she expects the service to eventually increase to six trips a week.