Rotterdam-Bayern Express

Thirty Rotterdam-Bavaria weekly trains set new shuttle record

The number of weekly trains between Rotterdam and Bavaria in southern Germany has grown from nine in 2019 to thirty in 2020. The increased number of trains means that the route capacity has also risen, which is positive due to the growing demand of shippers towards the Dutch port.

The Rotterdam-Bavaria shuttle connects the port with multiple locations in southern Germany, including Munchen, Nuremberg and Burghausen. Each destination receives between five and thirteen trains per week, while trains run daily.

Passau and Regensburg part of the network

The shuttle operates with different rail operators who choose to be part of the route. One of them is TFG Transfracht, a subsidiary of DB Cargo. Transfracht wants to add the city of Passau to the shuttle network during the second half of 2021. Additionally, the company is looking at the option of Regensburg, which is already part of its Albatros Express network.

Traffic and volume demand in the Rotterdam-Bavaria route is growing exponentially. However, there are still some hurdles faced by the companies operating it. With more trains and increased volumes comes the need for more infrastructure capacity. For instance, companies are already experiencing congestion that could be resolved with the timely expansion of infrastructure along the route. Finally, as Phillip Best, sales manager at TFG Transfacht, explained, “more space must be made available within the cities on the route for freight transport by rail, with trains that are at least 740 meters long”.

Author: Nikos Papatolios

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