Distrirail keeps adding departures to Rotterdam-Milan shuttle
The rail freight shuttle between the Botlek terminal in the port of Rotterdam and the Italian Melzo (Milan) will be upgraded once again with another three departures. Around December 2021, this will bring the total from 10 to 13 departures in both directions. “The service is a huge success”, the conclusion of Distri Rail can be summarised.
In February 2020, Distri Rail took the responsibility of the daily service between Melzo and the port of Rotterdam, which was initiated by Hannibal in 2017. Since the beginning, the connection between Melzo (Milan) and Rotterdam has been characterised by frequent train trips. In January this year, Distri Rail added three additional roundtrips, setting the number at ten departures in both directions.
“There is an ever-growing demand for this service, which connects two important rail freight hubs in Europe”, said Sander de Roo, manager at Distri Rail. Melzo is of strategic importance since it is in the centre of Northern Italy’s industrial heartland. From here, many connections link to Central and Southern Italy.
The port of Rotterdam is the home base of Distri Rail, where it connects all rail terminals with the European hinterland. From here, it not only connects to several other terminals in the port, but it also provides seamless links to several short-sea services.
According to the company, it is possible to directly embark to short-sea services to/from the United Kingdom on a daily basis, and to multiple weekly sailings to/from Ireland and Portugal, with no need for truck transfers.
Distri Rail operates trains to and from Duisburg, Mannheim and Wörth. The shuttle to/from Duisburg operates 6 times per week, Mannheim 5 times per week and Wörth 5 times per week. The head office is situated in Rhoon, right in the heart of the Port of Rotterdam, the centre of European container shipping.