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Transport policy
Modal shift

From the roads to the rails


European transport policy is faced with the challenge of controlling the continuously increasing flows of goods in an efficient and environmentally friendly way. It is important to maintain mobility and to ensure the supply of goods without traffic causing an excessive burden on humans and the environment. In the sensitive Alpine region this challenge is of particular urgency.


Combined transport makes an important contribution to that. Compared to pure road transport, this mode of transport offers higher energy efficiency and substantially lower CO2 emissions. In addition, rail transport is generally characterised by a smaller space requirement in relation to the quantity of transported goods and greater transport safety.


The Swiss shift policy shows positive results. In 2012, about 1.209.000 vehicles crossed the Swiss Alps on the roads, while 905,000 shipments were carried by intermodal transport. Since the reference year 2000, shipments in transalpine combined transport have increased by 68%, whilst shipments in road transport have fallen by 14%. The opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel in 2017 and the planned commissioning of a powerful 4-meter corridor in 2020/2022 will give further impetus to the growth of intermodal transport.


With a transalpine transport volume of 373,000 road consignments, Hupac plays an important role in the modal shift. In the years ahead, the company wishes to extend its strong position by exploiting the new infrastructures and thereby actively supporting the Swiss shifting policy under the premise of sustainability.