Rail freight at the Cabooter Group terminal in Venlo. Photo: Cabooter Group

New rail freight connection between Rotterdam and Venlo

The trains of European Gateway Services (EGS) will call on the terminal of Cabooter Group in Venlo, in the south of the Netherlands from 19 June. The cooperation means improved access to the logistic hub of Venlo for rail freight from the Port of Rotterdam.

EGS is part of Europe Container Terminals (ECT) in the Port of Rotterdam. ECT operates its own terminal in Venlo under the name of Hutchinson Ports Venlo, however this terminal faces congestion. Due to the cooperation with Caboother Group, the terminal will see improved capacity to handle container traffic from the Port of Rotterdam, which includes mostly maritime freight. This enables EGS to focus on traffic flows to East and South Europe, the terminal operator said.

Improved traffic flow

A total of three trains per week will be operated between the Dutch terminals. Hans Cabooter, CEO of Cabooter Group: “Te cooperation with ECT and Hutchison Ports Venlo improves traffic flow from the Port of Rotterdam to the hinterland and confirms the importance of Venlo as a logistics hub. This is good for Rotterdam and for Venlo.” Leo Ruijs, CEO van ECT added: “Venlo has traditionally been an important part of the network of EGS. Through this partnership we can further improve the position of Venlo.”

Author: Majorie van Leijen

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

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