Collective advantages of Combined Transport

Reduction of infrastructure costs

  • Reduction of road traffic volume (less congestion on roads)
  • Better use of existing rail capacity permitting, to a certain extent, limitation of investment in the road infrastructure
  • Better sharing of volumes between the different transport modes
  • Combination of the advantages of road (flexibility) and rail (more economical transport of large volumes over long distances)

Reduction of the external costs

  • Improved road safety (less congestion on the road network)
  • Reduction of air pollution
  • Reduction of climatic changes (CO2 emissions)
  • Noise reduction
  • Reduction of pollution in environmentally sensitive areas
  • Reduction of consumption of non-renewable energy sources

Advantages for CT clients


  • Lower manpower costs: savings on variable costs, reduced personnel (drivers, driving time, night work)
  • Gain in competitiveness
  • Savings on fuel thanks to the section completed by rail
  • Less wear on equipment (tyres, maintenance), longer life for trucks and reduced fleet of vehicles due to investment in transferable equipment
  • Exemption from, reduction or reimbursement of road vehicle taxes
  • Increased flexibility in the management of transport flows


  • No need for permits to cross borders 
  • Increased flexibility in organisation
  • Extension of concession
  • Reduced transit time: journey by train recognised as rest time for the driver (accompanied CT)
  • Better enforcement and control of labour laws for drivers
  • Facilitation of transalpine transit (larger loads shipped)
  • Exemption from traffic bans on Sundays and public holidays for vehicles carrying out terminal delivery and collection in road positioning legs
  • Simplification of customs procedures at the CT terminals
  • Reduced risk of damage to goods during shipment