Schweizerzug AG is increasing its train frequencies between Switzerland and Belgium
Starting on 10 January 2019, the Swiss rail freight operator will be expanding services between its headquarters in Frenkendorf (near Basel) and the Port of Antwerp from two to three weekly roundtrips
Since the start of January, Schweizerzug has also been offering daily services between the Frenkendorf train terminal and Niederglatt (near Zurich), providing shippers in eastern Switzerland with a wider range of transport options.
Over the course of the past few months, several factors have placed extreme pressure on train and rail capacity, says Schweizerzug - low water levels in the Rhine resulting in a shift from barge to rail transport as well as the general increase seen each year-end with larger transport volumes.
Boosting the frequency on the Antwerp route to three roundtrips weekly will serve to significantly relieve capacity constraints and improve rail capacity moving forward.
Schweizerzug offers direct connections with the Antwerp Gateway 1700 terminal, operated by DP World.
Alongside direct services to Antwerp, Schweizerzug will continue to offer three weekly services via the German hub in Neuss to Rotterdam and Antwerp. From Neuss onward, all terminals in Antwerp and Rotterdam are connected via both barge and rail.