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Swiss intermodal operator Hupac is launching a new direct rail connection between the Maasvlakte at the Port of Rotterdam and Kornwestheim in the industrial area of Stuttgart and Baden-Württemberg. From 7 October, a shuttle will depart twice a week in each direction.
In Rotterdam, the train calls upon three terminals on the Maasvlakte: APM Terminals, APM Terminals Maasvlakte II BV and Euromax Terminal. In Germany, the shuttle calls upon Terminal Kornwestheim and Terminal ECT Delta.
The service is launched by Hupac Maritime Logistics in cooperation with its partner ERS Railways. According to the company, the connection is offered as the port currently deals with congestion and long waiting times at maritime quays for barges.
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Hupac has also increased its services on the Rhine-Alpine corridor. From 2 October, departures will increase in the core business of intermodal transport via the Alps, Hupac pointed out.
The railway service between Zeebrugge (Belgium) and Novara (Italy) is increased from six to eight round trips per week, allowing for P400 semi trailers. The connection Köln Nord (Germany) – Busto Arsizio (Italy) will be increased from eight to nine round trips per week, while the connection Basel Weil (Switzerland) – Busto Arsizio will be increased from five to six round trips per week.
The network between Singen (Germany) and Italy has been improved by concentrating the departures on the lines Singen – Busto Arsizio and Singen – Brescia. The offer now comprises 25 round trips per week; 14 between Singen – Busto Arsizio and 11 between Singen – Brescia.
The intermodal operator also offers new services on the east-west axis. Starting from 11 September, Antwerp has been connected to Vienna, Budapest, Romania and Istanbul based on fixed schedules.
The connection Antwerp – Vienna/Budapest is offered twice a week in both directions. Once a week a train shuttles between Antwerp-Curtici-Ploiesti, while another weekly service shuttles between Antwerp-Halkali/Istanbul.
This article first appeared on www.railfreight.com
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