Increased Railfreight Frequency

6th November 2019

Logistics BusinessIncreased Railfreight Frequency

After successfully extending services in the first half of 2019 with additional connections between Switzerland and Belgium, Schweizerzug AG is now increasing the frequency between Frenkendorf and Neuss and at the same time boosts Niederglatt’s links to Antwerp and Rotterdam.

With the change in the 2019/2020 timetable, the Swiss rail freight company will increase the existing number of round trips between Frenkendorf near Basel and the German hub in Neuss from three to six per week and will thus be operating a daily service Monday to Saturday from 16 December 2019 onwards. The direct train to Antwerp will therefore make a stop in Neuss. The Neuss hub will also serve the service between Switzerland and Rotterdam, replacing the existing direct connection. In line with this service extension, Schweizerzug will link Niederglatt and Neuss directly twice a week with further connections to the Port of Antwerp as well as Port of Rotterdam.

With this service extension, Schweizerzug AG is reacting to the growing demand on this route and offering shipping companies in Germany and Switzerland not only more capacity but also more flexible transport options. The new direct connection to Deurganckdok-Kai 1742, operated by MPET in Antwerp, provides even more options. Customers benefit from the daily connections to the seaports of Rotterdam and Antwerp, without any additional surcharges. The same price applies for services to and from both Frenkendorf or Niederglatt and all deep-sea terminals in Antwerp. Similarly, there is no price difference for services from Frenkendorf or Niederglatt and dee-sea terminals in Rotterdam.

The Swiss service provider for container transport by rail promises an even more flexible and stable product range as a result of the increase in frequency, which is in direct response to existing customer requirements.

Roman Mayer, CEO of Schweizerzug, explains: “Our range of services will only attract customers if we recognise their requirements and wishes at an early stage and serve them accordingly. By
expanding the frequency on a par with growing demand, we intend to precisely meet customer requirements. In this way, we are not only contributing to competitive freight transport by rail, but also making a contribution to the promotion of climate-friendly transport.”