BUSINESS

Cargo traffic soars on Athens-Thessaloniki railway

By Alexandra Kassimi

Traffic on the cargo railway service between Athens and Thessaloniki has doubled since it started in December, with the latest data from rail service operator Trainose showing a 100 percent increase in freight, and now the company is planning to schedule more services on the route.

The aim is to increase the number of services from one per day to five, as demand is increasing constantly. Just last Thursday Trainose signed an agreement with Procter & Gamble for the shipping of the multinational consumer goods company’s products from Athens to major retail stores inf Thessaloniki.

Trainose officials say that the railway line between Athens and Thessaloniki transports the equivalent of 30 trucks of cargo each way every day. Market estimates put the road traffic between the two cities at 600 trucks per day.

Trainose had been wanting to increase its cargo traffic for years, having been stuck at 3 percent of total traffic across the country. That has now grown to almost 10 percent.

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