Rhine-Alpine News


Antwerp expands hinterland network

Large hinterland networks operate to and from seaports ©Port of Antwerp

Large hinterland networks operate to and from seaports ©Port of Antwerp

Port of Antwerp and German hinterland rail operator Transfracht announce new relations to and from the port. TFG Transfracht offers daily, frequent and reliable connections between Ludwigshafen, Nuremberg, Munich, Burghausen, Wolfurt, Milano, Verona and the most important maritime container terminals in Antwerp. In September, also Regensburg was added. Thanks to the connection to Wolfurt (AT), TFG Transfracht has also connected the region of Vorarlberg with the regions South-Germany, West-Austria, East-Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Read the news here (external link).

Port of Antwerp gives a concise overview of its vast hinterland rail and barge network (external link). A very significant share of this traffic runs via the Rhine-Alpine corridor.

Deutsche Bahn invests in its Swiss infrastructure

The project Karlsruhe – Basel for rail capacity expansion has arrived in Switzerland. Jens Bergmann, Board Member for Infrastructure Planning and Projects at DB Netz AG, Dr. Peter Füglistaler, Director of the Swiss Federal Office of Transport, Enak Ferlemann, Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, and Councilor Esther Keller, Head of the Construction and Transport Department of the Canton Basel-Stadt, gave the official starting signal for the construction phase of the infrastructure project.

For convenience, the German border station “Basel Bad” is located in Switzerland, near downtown Basel. DB, the German federal government and the EU are investing a total of around 580 million euros in the route on Swiss territory. Find the news here (external link).

NS and Prorail successfully test 10-minute IC train headways

High train frequency needs infrastructure adjustments. ©Nederlandse Spoorwegen

High train frequency needs infrastructure adjustments. ©Nederlandse Spoorwegen

The first days of testing with the new ten-minute trains went smoothly. Since September, travelers can take an Intercity on Wednesdays every ten minutes between Rotterdam and Schiphol and between Nijmegen and Schiphol. Immediately on the first day of testing, there was a disruption between Arnhem and Utrecht. “It may sound strange, but for testing it is actually good if there is a disruption on the track,” says project manager Hesther Platenkamp of NS.

The percentage of trains that arrived on time by a three-minute margin was 93 percent, slightly higher than expected. Prorail plans to further adjust its infrastructure for accommodation of more trains. Read the news here (external link).


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