TX Logistik and Jan de Rijk connect Melzo and Venlo via Gotthard axis

Gotthard Base Tunnel. Photo credit: Hannes Ortlieb

The Dutch logistics firm Jan de Rijk Logistics and the Italian operator TX Logistik have put their heads together for a new route between the countries. Starting from 5 January 5, an intermodal regular connection between Venlo and Melzo will start, connecting two important hubs in Europe.

The operation will consist of five round trips per week and will transport goods for the Benelux, German and Italian markets. The connection is operated as a company train for the main customer Jan de Rijk Logistics. Additional free capacities of the train will be marketed by TX Logistik.

The connection

Both 45-foot containers and swap bodies as well as trailers will be loaded on the train. In the Netherlands, the units are handled at the new Cabooter Railterminal Greenport, and in Italy, the Melzo terminal east of Milan is served. Both are important hubs in the respective regions.

The route runs through Switzerland, where the P400 profile can now be used without restrictions on the Gotthard route. The transit time of the connection is 24 hours. It is planned to increase the number of rotations by one to six per week as early as February 2022.

Closer to clients

Maciek Chelmowski, director Intermodal Transport of Jan de Rijk Logistics commented: “Jan de Rijk Logistics has been operating a door-to-door intermodal connection for over ten years between the Benelux and Italy. We are pleased to have found a competent partner in TX Logistik, which strengthens the connection to Italy in our network and enables us to further grow.

“Thanks to our own fleet in both Italy and The Netherlands we are able to offer a seamless intermodal solution to our customers. By moving to the Venlo terminal we now also have a central hub for our operations in both the Benelux and Germany. Closer to clients, shorter road distance, more benefit from the train. Also notable is that in 2022 Jan de Rijk Logistics will be offering the possibility to transport ADR goods on the train.“

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Author: Majorie van Leijen

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

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