Kombiverkehr and RCG boost intermodal rail in Budapest-Neuss route

Kombiverkehr and Rail Cargo Group upgrade their services between Hungary and Germany. The two companies will offer six weekly roundtrips between Budapest and Neuss. Three of them will also include intermediate stops in Wels and Wien Süd terminals, both in Austria. The service will be almost daily since the trips will spread over six days per week.

The upgrade allows transporting approximately 180 loading units per week in each direction. Moreover, the companies estimate that the development will remove up to 17,000 truck journeys from roads every year.

Both destinations critical

Neuss is a city right next to Dusseldorf in Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia state. It is located on Rhine’s west bank and is home to the Neuss Trimodal Terminal, accessible as the name suggests by rail, road and water. The terminal covers an area of 88,039 square metres and has a 4,8 kilometres long rail track. It is an ideal location because of its positioning on the Rhine and the broader economic region and because it can facilitate intermodal transport.

“With gateway connections to and from Rotterdam, we also offer the ideal conditions for handling particularly long transport routes with transitions to the deep-sea and short-sea services,” explained Alexander Ochs, Managing Director of Kombiverkehr.

Aerial view of the Trimodal Terminal at Neuss.

On the other hand, Budapest’s Terminal Bilk is gradually acquiring much importance as a crossroad and rail freight transport hub. The Hungarian city offers a state-of-the-art freight terminal that facilitates extensive services and connections with multiple European destinations and the New Silk Road through the CIS countries and Central Asia. Additionally, the terminal is ideal for connections to South-East Europe and further to Turkey.

“The direct connection to BILK means that we offer not only comprehensive terminal services but also efficient onward distribution in our comprehensive network across the entire Eurasian continent,” commented Bernhard Ebner, Head of the ÖBB RCG Business Unit Intermodal.

BILK Terminal in Budapest.

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Author: Nikos Papatolios

Nikos Papatolios is editor of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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