Metrans trains between Hungary and Romania are on the move

Metrans has successfully launched its new connection between Hungary and Romania. Three days per week a blocktrain moves between Budapest and Arad, in both directions. It is one of the new services that Metrans launched this year, with many more to come.

The HHLA subsidiary regularly develops new routes to new destinations, and is therefore a suited candidate to participate at the European Silk Road Summit, as part of the panel discussion on ‘new destinations’. This panel discussion takes place on the first day of the two-day event: 7 December. Metrans will be represented by Martin Koubek.

We have just launched this new service between Budapest and Arad, but we are already working on other new services”, said Stefan Esztergalyos from Metrans.

Hungary-Romania

The new connection links the Metrans terminal in the capital of Hungary with the Afluent terminal in Arad, which lies near the border with Hungary. Metrans has partnered up with the Afluent terminal as it was receiving an “increasing number of requests for an expansion of METRANS activities in Romania”.

Trains depart the terminal in Budapest on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, while in the other direction they leave on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. “We appreciate the support of terminal AFLUENT, and we are pleased that we will be able to meet the requirements of our customers with the new supplementary service” Metrans commented.

“Together with partner AFLUENT we will also develop depot activities and first/last mile trucking services. We are looking forward to further increase our common cooperation through this route.”

Metrans in Hungary

Metrans is actively developing its portfolio in Hungary. Apart from its terminal in Budapest, it is currently constructing a new terminal in the more centrally located Zalaegerszeg. On 9 September the first stone was laid.

“This will be a hub for transport services along the Adriatic Corridor and towards Southern and South-Eastern Europe”, says the operator. The first trains are to be handled at the facility in 2023.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is editor of RailFreight.com, online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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