Antwerp to have better rail connectivity with Rhine-Ruhr region

Rail operator H&S Container Line is introducing an additional round trip between Andernach in Germany and the two container terminals in the Deurganck dock in the port of Antwerp. H&S already operates on this route, but is raising the frequency to twice per week thanks to financial support from Antwerp Port Authority.
The support offered to H&S Container Line is the result of a Call for Proposals (CfP) launched in October last year by the Port Authority to attract projects for improving the rail connectivity between Antwerp on the one hand and the Rhine-Ruhr and Rhine-Main regions on the other. The Port Authority therefore issued a CfP to encourage intermodal operators to introduce a new rail shuttle or to upgrade an existing rail service. The projects selected by the Port Authority could count on limited financial support during a certain period of time.
H&S Container Line began a new, direct rail connection to Andernach in December 2016. The intermodal train does one round trip per week between Andernach and the Deurganck dock. To raise the frequency to two round trips per week H&S submitted a project with a request for financial support. “The subsidy from the Port Authority will enable us to offer a sustainable rail product both for customers in Antwerp and for those based in the Rhine region, to supplement the already well-developed barge services,” explained Heiko Brückner, CEO of H&S Container Line.

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