Port of Antwerp connects with Switzerland through Athus terminal

Port of Antwerp

A new intermodal connection is in the pipeline to link the Belgian Port of Antwerp with the Birsterminal in the Rhine port Birsfelden, Switzerland. The intermodal route will pass through Terminal Container Athus in southern Belgium.

Terminal Container Althus is already part of Antwerp’s and Zeebrugge’s rail freight network. It is a crossroad for maritime oriented containers coming from the two Belgian ports and the Dutch port of Rotterdam and their distribution to the broader region of Saarland-Lorraine-Luxembourg.

As for Birsterminal, it is a trimodal logistics platform covering an area of ​​90,000 m2 in the Swiss Rhine ports, located in Basel on the Rhine’s left bank.

One weekly departure

As part of Antwerp’s and Zeebrugge’s rail network, Terminal Container Althus has already frequent connections with them. Specifically, the destinations are connected with 12 train departures per week.

However, the link between Birsterminal and Althus is the one making the difference in this case since it is the new addition to the network. Under the name Tango Rail Line, the service will provide one weekly roundtrip between Althus and Birsfelden, focusing on containers and maritime cargo. The service will commence before the end of March.

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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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