New rail access for Swabia and Vorarlberg regions

On Tuesday morning, a direct train left from Antwerp to the “Four-Country Region” of Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. The train is part of the Green Xpress Network of rail freight operator Lineas, and gives the Swabia and Vorarlberg region rail access to the European hinterland and deep-sea.

Three trains per week, combining intermodal and conventional loads, will connect Antwerp to Langweid-Foret in the Swabia region in southern Germany, and further to Wolfurt in the Austrian Vorarlberg region. A stop in Recklinghausen allows a direct rail link with the Ruhr area.

More connections for Swabia

In Swabia, freight forwarder Karl Schmidt Spedition has intensified its rail operations and opened up its rail tracks to other companies. Martin Bartl, Branch Manager at the company: “We are pleased that together with Lineas, we can further intensify intermodal traffic in Langweid-Foret.

“Thanks to the new train service, we are making the Schmidt branch in Langweid-Foret available to other companies, and enabling them to shift their goods off the road and onto the rails. We see special advantages for Schmidt and our customers in the combination of road, rail and ship. And in shipments from and to Augsburg direction Great Britain, Ireland, Portugal and Scandinavia.”

12 trains from Austria

In Vorarlberg, the train discharges the remaining cargo at Combi Cargo Terminal Wolfurt, part of Terminal Service Austria (TSA). With the new service and the previously existing Xpress to Vienna and Wels, TSA can offer their customers twelve regular trains out of Austria.

Renate Glisic, TSA Division Manager at ÖBB Infrastruktur: “It is gratifying that with Lineas, we have been able to bind a modern company from the rail freight sector to us. The additional twelve train connections commission us to handle our terminal logistics services with the usual good quality and commitment for our customers.”

In Europe

In the other direction, cargo can connect in the Antwerp Main Hub to the western ports via Lineas’ daily shuttles, and to the rest of Europe. The European Green Xpress network counts 20 connections.

Olivier Deprez, Head of Network Management & Alliances at Lineas: “Together with our partners, we manage to keep building our unrivalled Green Xpress Network. Companies have the chance to load all types of cargo onto our open trains, starting from only one container. The trains then disperse them at regular times all over Europe. With the two new destinations, we have another feat in our mission for the Modal Shift!”

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is editor of RailFreight.com, online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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