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New direct rail connection between Antwerp and Switzerland

02 May 2018

On 2 July 2018 a new direct rail connection between Frenkendorf/Basel and the Port of Antwerp is launched by Schweizerzug, a rail service offered by the Swiss-based logistics provider Swissterminal Group. This means there will be an overnight rail service between Switzerland and the Belgian hub for the first time.

The new rail connection between Antwerp and Frenkendorf offers shippers a fast, reliable link to one of Europe’s most important seaports. Schweizerzug will initially start with two departures a week to the Antwerp Gateway 1700 terminal, which is operated by DP World. From there, connections are offered to all the terminals in the port of Antwerp. There are also other links available via Swissterminal‘s headquarters in Frenkendorf to Niederglatt/Zurich and Melzo/Milan.

With the direct rail link from Gateway 1700, Schweizerzug helps to reduce handling delays of container barges due to congestion in the Port of Antwerp.

In addition to the direct connection to the port of Antwerp, Schweizerzug will continue to run three times a week to the port of Rotterdam and Antwerp via the Neuss Trimodal hub in Germany. From Neuss, it is possible to reach all the terminals in both sea ports by barge as well as by rail.