Intercontainer expands European rail network
Intercontainer-Interfrigo SA said last week it has expanded its intermodal rail network in Europe.
Services on the Germany/Austria/Southeast Europe axis have been extended. A new connection has been inaugurated between Germany and Sweden, which will also act as a link between the networks in Sweden and Southeast Europe, the company said.
The Basel, Switzerland-based company said changes include:
' Mannheim-Sopron Container-Express frequency raised from two to three services a week in the west-to-east direction in February, and from three to four a week in the opposite direction.
' A new service linking the CTH Container Terminal Herne in the Ruhr region of Germany with Wels, Austria has been launched with three times a week in both directions.
' Service between Mannheim and Sopron, Hungary, has been expanded with the addition of a direct link to Thessaloniki and Inoi in Greece
' A third weekly departure has been added in both directions to the “Austrolink” between Wels and Sopron with a connection to Southeast European trains.
' A new block train connection between Cologne and Vienna is offered thrice a week. The block train connects with the Southeast European network in Sopron. From there, Intercontainer trains run to Budapest, Koper, Skopje, Bucharest, Thessaloniki, Inoi and Istanbul. The train also stops in Vienna on the return journey to unload/load containers and swap-bodies.
' The first block-train was operated between Herne and Helsingborg in Sweden on March 4, and the company is offering a daily overnight service from Tuesday to Friday between the Ruhr terminal and the terminal in south Sweden, and vice versa.
' In Helsingborg, intermodal consignments are offered connections with Intercontainer Scandinavia AB network, to and from Gothenburg, V'steras, Norrk'ping, S'dert'lje, Eskilstuna, Borl'nge and G'vle.
' In Herne, Intercontainer provides connections with its Herne-Sopron Container-Express to the Southeast European network, offering services to and from Hungary, Slovenia, Romania, Macedonia, Greece and Turkey.