Swiss rail freight operator continues rapid network and service expansion with twice-weekly direct link from key box port to Frenkendorf, near Basel, and Niederglatt, near Zurich.

Swiss rail freight operator Schweizerzug has continued its rapid network and service expansion with the start of a new twice-weekly direct rail link between the port of Rotterdam and Frenkendorf, near Basel, and Niederglatt, near Zurich.

With the new service, Schweizerzug connects the Swissterminal-operated facilities in Frenkendorf and Niederglatt directly with Maasvlakte II in Europe’s largest container port. The service calls at APM Terminals and Rotterdam World Gateway (RTM).

Schweizerzug said the new connections presented “a fast and efficient addition to Schweizerzug’s Rotterdam connections via the German hub Neuss and the links to the ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge”.

Roman Mayer, CEO of Schweizerzug, commented: “Both Niederglatt/Zurich and Frenkendorf/Basel benefit from direct and therefore faster links to Rotterdam. We’re covering Switzerland’s most important economic regions – with the same price for both locations. Zurich and the eastern part of Switzerland especially might consider this new service attractive.”

Schweizerzug said it was “focusing on the continuing optimisation of its overall level of service by catering to market needs proactively”. In both January and February 2019, the company increased its departure frequencies between Frenkendorf and Niederglatt to the Port of Antwerp, offering shippers in both Switzerland and neighbouring countries “an ever-expanding roster of routes and frequencies to the continent’s two busiest seaports for container shipping”.

Schweizerzug began operating in 2016, connecting the Swiss rail terminals Frenkendorf and Niederglatt with Europe’s largest sea ports in Rotterdam and Antwerp. The company offers direct rail services to Rotterdam’s Maasvlakte and the Antwerp Gateway 1700 terminal. Schweizerzug also serves the German intermodal hub Neuss, where additional rail and barge links with Rotterdam and Antwerp are also available.


Source: Lloyd’s