All set to double the proportion of rail transport

Monday 16 12 2019

The growing freight volumes, the increasing pressure on roads and ambitious environmental objectives all demand a modal shift from truck to train. Several new container trains were introduced in 2019 and many other connections raised their frequency.

The impact of roadworks on the Oosterweel road link has made rail transport even more important for Antwerp. Port of Antwerp, Railport Antwerpen and Infrabel (track operator) last month announced collaboration plans to make the rail network between port and hinterland more competitive and reliable.

 

The focus lies on improving rail infrastructure in the port and on digitisation, to make the rail system more efficient. The target has been set high: by 2030 some 15% of freight transport between the port of Antwerp and its hinterland must travel by rail, up from the present figure of around 7%.

 

List of new rail shuttles since 2019

 

  • Trier (Germany): new shuttle operated by Am Zehnhoff-Söns, frequency 2x per week, plan for 3x per week in 2020, connection to all maritime terminals (AG Terminal and MPET and PSA terminals)
  • Frankfurt/Neuss/Germersheim/Wörth am Rhein (Germany): increase in frequency with one additional train per week operated by MSC Medlog (MPET)
  • Schkopau (Germany): increase in frequency from three to four, by operator Hupac (Combinant terminal)
  • Schwarzheide (Germany): increase in frequency from three to four, by operator Hupac (Combinant terminal)
  • Neuss (Germany): new shuttle operated by Schweizerzug (Niederglatt – Neuss - Antwerp), 3x per week (AG and MPET Terminal)
  • Frenkendorf / Niederglatt (Switzerland): two additional trains per week by operator Schweizerzug (AG Terminal and MPET)
  • Basel (Switzerland): new connection by operator Contargo, 2x per week (AG Terminal and MPET)
  • Athus (Belgium): increase in frequency from 10 to 12 trains per week, by operator TCA (AG Terminal and MPET)
  • Ghent (Belgium): new shuttle, 3x per week via main hub with connection to AG Terminal, MPET and PSA terminals
  • La Louvière (Belgium): increase in frequency from 3 to 4 shuttles per week by MSC Medlog (AG Terminal and MPET and PSA terminals)
  • Slawkow (Poland): increase in frequency from 3 to 4 shuttles per week by Hupac (Combinant terminal)
  • Istanbul (Turkey): increase in frequency from 1 to 2 shuttles per week by Hupac

 

More information and contact details on our connectivity platform (www.portofantwerp/connectivity/en)

 

Check here for all existing rail shuttles between Antwerp and the hinterland