No freight traffic between Rotterdam and Kijfhoek
There is currently no train traffic between the port of Rotterdam and Kijfhoek, the large emplacement yard located south of the port towards Dordrecht. The emplacement yard is where DB Cargo handles a large part of its Dutch hinterland volumes. “The blockage has major consequences for DB Cargo train traffic to and from the port of Rotterdam”, says the operator.
According to DB Cargo, the disruption is caused by delayed works in Barendrecht. Infrastructure manager ProRail told our sister publication Spoorpro that it expects the traffic restriction to remain until at least this evening. “ProRail regrets that freight and passenger traffic is affected by this”, the infra manager said.
The rail freight yard of Kijfhoek has a key function in connecting the rail network at the Port of Rotterdam with the rest of the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. It is the largest emplacement yard of the Netherlands with a unique shunting system called hilling, referring to the hills that allow freight trains to be assembled according to their destination.