New connection to three-border region Switzerland-Germany-France

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ÖBB’s subsidiary Rail Cargo Group has launched a new railway service between Austria and Switzerland. Three times per week a blocktrain shuttles between the Swiss terminal Frenkendorf, near the border with Germany and France and the Austrian terminal Wolfurt. The new TransFER connection, as the product is called, is particularly suited to maritime shipments in 20 and 40 foot containers, according to the operator.

The link to maritime shipments is made with a good reason. In Frenkendorf, RailCargo Group (RCG) works together with Swissterminal to provide onward transport to and from the Italian ports of Genoa and La Spezia on the Ligurian Sea, as well as to the two largest northern European ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp.

On request, the new TransFER can also be organised as an end-to-end connection. The customers do not necessarily need their own industrial sidings. RCG will continue to offer the TransFER Wolfurt–Rotterdam as a direct connection several times a week.

RCG and Swissterminal

Clemens Först, spokesperson of the ÖBB Rail Cargo Group board comments: “We are constantly expanding our network. I am looking forward to working with Swissterminal. Together we can make another important contribution to sustainable land transport and thus to climate change.”

Roman Mayer, CEO of Swissterminal, explains: “The new service will make the Wolfurt rail freight terminal even more attractive for the strongly export-oriented Voralberg economy and the east of Switzerland. And with the connection to the Swissterminal Group network as well as that of our partner DP World, customers benefit from numerous options for onward transport to the north and south of Europe. We are extremely pleased to be able to continually expand our service of sustainable and efficient connections for maritime cargo transport.”

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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