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Weekly rail services between port of Rotterdam and Vienna almost doubled

Direct shuttle train connections between Rotterdam and Vienna expanded to seven routes per week. Rail operators LKW Walter and Hupac now share four and three weekly itineraries respectively. Matthijs van Doorn, Director Logistics of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, described the development as “very positive since the corridor with Vienna is crucial, with the Austrian capital being a hub for many destinations in central, eastern and southern Europe”.

The Hupac shuttle runs between the WienCont rail terminal in Vienna and the C.RO Ports and RSC/Berschi terminals in the port of Rotterdam. The main volumes of its cargo are occupied by consumer goods such as furniture, electronic equipment and clothing. On the other side, LKW Walter shuttles are mainly used to transport auto parts from the UK to the rest of Europe, and their starting and ending point is the C.RO Ports terminal in the Rotterdam Botlek area.

Growing demand

According to Sjors Bosvelt, Sales Manager at CLdN. Ro-Ro, the increasing of routes resulted from the “growing demand from large multinational companies for reliable intermodal connections that also offer high frequency”. With the attention focused on the market, C.RO Port Terminals in Rotterdam already saw massive investments taking place in past years. Consequently, they now possess a “modern rail terminal with five rail connections that connect them with the European rail network”, added Bosvelt.

On his behalf, Harald Jony, Managing Director of the Wien Cont Terminal, underlined that “in terms of quality, the connections with Rotterdam are our best rounds when it comes to services and delays because we practically do not have the later”. He also proceeded and described the connection with Rotterdam as a “Green Corridor”, and foresaw the growth of volumes in the following years.

In this case, the quick adaptation in the needs of the market, combined with the well-structured and flawless communication, proved that meeting high standards in a short period is not impossible. In contrast, bold developments can resolve issues and set the foundations for future improvements.

Green perspective

The investments that took place in the C.RO Ports terminal, though, have a bilateral significance. Not only do they encourage the optimisation of rail connections, but they also aim to have a long-term impact on the “development of multimodal transport and thereby reduce the carbon footprint on the logistics chain” mentioned Bosvelt.

Author: Nikos Papatolios

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

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