Rhine-Alpine News

Night train Amsterdam – Zürich?

Zürich – Amsterdam overnight? (© SBB CFF FFS)

These days, media reports have announced a potential new night train between Amsterdam and Zürich. While all national rail carriers along the route no longer operate classic night trains with sleeper service, Austrian carrier ÖBB and some private operators have expanded services lately. Now, Swiss operator SBB and Dutch operator NS apparently consider getting back into that market. However, they cannot officially confirm the new service. A statement is expected later this autumn.

Since there is no new night train equipment available on the market, SBB apparently secured an option to use second hand equipment of “RDC assets” from 2021 to 2024. While other night trains operate along parts of the Rhine-Alpine corridor, and further services are planned, an Amsterdam – Zürich night train would exclusively serve the corridor all the way.

“Rhine-Alpine Talks”: Green Corridor

As announced earlier, the second edition of the “Rhine-Alpine Talks” will take place on 11 September 2020, from 11:00 – 12:30 h, and will deal with the topic: “Green Corridor“. Here is the agenda:

Welcome by Paolo Balistreri, EGTC Vice Chair

Importance of greening the European Transport Corridors, Introduction by Floor Vermeulen, Regional Minister Province Zuid-Holland

Short pitches of key projects related to Greening the Rhine-Alpine Corridor:

·         RH2INE – Rhine Hydrogen Integration Network of Excellence, by Jan Christoph Maass, Duisport

·         CLINSH – Clean Inland Shipping, a LIFE-Project, by Luc van Espen, Port of Antwerp

·         Clean Energy Hubs  – update by Theo Heinink, Province of Gelderland

·         Last Mile Logistics and the Interaction of IT Systems with the Infrastructure of the City Center Novara, Massimo Arnese, CROSSTEC S.r.l. Novara

Become part of the corridor community and register in for this meeting if not done already: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0qduiupzIiG9al7xJshxTj5OpxVSNb_wDf

Registered participants will receive their login credentials two days before the meeting!

New intermodal link Duisburg – Amsterdam

Intermodal train Amsterdam – Duisburg (© Samskip)

Multimodal company Samskip and Nunner Logistics are launching direct rail services between the ports of Amsterdam and Duisburg. It has started operating and will increase to a three-weekly service in September. Read the press statement here (external link).

Amsterdam is a major European port, specialized in bulk cargo. Intermodal transport is just a niche market there, much different from the neighbouring ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp. However, operator Samskip uses Amsterdam as a base for short-sea shipping. Therefore, the new link to the main inland hub of Duisburg will be of significant importance for the connectivity of these services.