THE first DB Cargo rail landbridge train carrying humanitarian aid to help those in Ukraine following the Russian invasion, has arrived in the war-torn country. Another five trains carrying aid are currently on the way to Ukraine.

DB Cargo is working with DB Cargo Poland, PKP LHS and Ukrainian Railways (UZ) to create the landbridge, with the first train departing Germany on March 11 from Seddin marshalling yard southwest of Berlin, operating via Kraków and destined for Kyiv. The train consisted of 15 containers carrying 350 tonnes of aid.

DB Cargo says the train carried donations from numerous companies and private individuals throughout Europe, with more promised. Almost 100 containers are currently being transported.

The goods are delivered by road to three centres in Germany before being transported by rail to Ukraine.

An in-depth round-up of the rail industry’s response to the invasion and how it has affected the sector will be published in the April edition of IRJ. It can also be read here.