History


In 2005, the International Union of Combined Road-Rail Transport Companies, in short UIRR s.c.r.l., celebrated its 35th anniversary. The exclusive mission of the Union is the promotion, by every possible means, of CT, mainly the combination between the road and rail modes. Today the UIRR consists of 15 member companies in 14 European countries. The share of these companies in the total volume of goods delivered to the RUs in view of a CT type forwarding amounts to around 70%.

 

1970

Creation of the UIRR

 

 

The UIRR is founded on 23 October 1970 in Munich. The choice of time and place was because the second international transport exhibition took place there that year. (The first of such major meeting events for specialists in the transport field was held in 1965).

The first member companies were ASG (S), Hucketrans (A), Hupac (CH), Kombiverkehr (D), Novatrans (F), Trailstar (NL) and TRW (B). The members organised rail transport using swap bodies and semi-trailers: at that time national traffic represented around 230,000 shipments, and there were only 17,000 international shipments.

 

1972

First international rolling road link

 

This Combined Transport technique, involving the transportation of complete trucks by rail, is introduced between the cities of Cologne and Verona.

 

1973

Development of the first pocket-wagon

 

In association with the railway undertakings, the German, French and Swiss representatives of the UIRR Technical Commission developed the pocket wagon, which will make possible the rapid vertical transhipment of semi-trailers and hence the easy routing of this kind of road units by means of CT.

 

1975

Directive 75/130 of the European Commission on the promotion of combined road-rail transport.

 

1981

The first rolling road wagons

 

Hupac and Kombiverkehr introduce 240 wagons with a length of 19 m for the rolling road (payload of 38 t and later of 40 t). That same year, traffic reaches no less than 500,000 shipments.

 

1984

First General Terms and Conditions

 

First General Terms and Conditions setting out uniform regulations on the responsibilities in international Combined Transport between the CT operators of the UIRR and their clients.

 

1986

Progressive end to horizontal transhipment

 

1987

First articulated wagons (35 units)

1988

Opening of the UIRR link office in Brussels.
One million consignments achieved!

 

1991

Change of the Association

 

The UIRR becomes a co-operative under Belgian law with its head office in Brussels, allowing it to offer more services to its member companies.

International traffic exceeds national traffic for the first time.

 

1992

Launch by the European Commission of the PACT programme (Pilot Actions for Combined Transport)

 

The UIRR participates as from the start by means of a study and by the effective creation of a multimodal corridor between the North of Europe and Italy and Greece.

 

1993

First shuttle train on the Busto Arsizio - Cologne route

 

1997

The UIRR adopts new Articles of Association.

 

The UIRR opens to all CT operators. The status of associated member is created.

 

The “CESAR” project is launched.

 

Supported by the European Commission, CESAR aims to create a standardised interface between the various operators and their clients.

 

1998

Revision of the General Terms and Conditions: the UIRR operators take on more responsibilities in their relations with clients.

2000

30th anniversary of the UIRR

 

A more exhaustive record of the UIRR’s key dates appears in Annex 10 of the book entitled “L’UIRR a 30 ans” (“The UIRR is 30 years old”).

The milestone of two million consignments per annum is achieved.

 

2003

MARCO POLO Programme

 

Launch by the European Commission of the Marco Polo Programme aimed at taking goods off the road and putting them onto more environment-friendly modes of transport. The UIRR actively supported the launch of this programme and participated in several projects.

 

2004

Creation of the CESAR Information Services

 

The CIS company is created by the CT operators Cemat (I), Hupac (CH), Kombiverkehr (D), Novatrans (F) and the UIRR, of which they are members. CESAR provides a logistical tracking service and works for the benefit of the clients of combined transport.

 

2007

Coming into effect of the Marco Polo II Programme