The Lower Rhine moves closer to Rotterdam

Press Release 16 Dec 2015

Contargo offers a new rail line between Rotterdam and Neuss

Neuss, 16 December 2015 – From January, the container hinterland network Contargo will be offering a direct fixed-schedule rail connection between Neuss and Rotterdam with two round trips a week. With the Neuss Multimodal Express (NME) Contargo intends to establish a reliable alternative to barges.

On 11 January 2016 the first whole train will start out from Rotterdam. To begin with it will depart from Rotterdam twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays, and on Tuesdays and Fridays it will set out from Neuss in the other direction. If there is a strong positive response, Contargo may increase the frequency to three round trips per week. In Rotterdam the train will call at the terminals APMT 1, ECT Delta and Euromax; in Neuss it will arrive and depart from Contargo’s terminal in the Flosshafenstrasse.

“With the Neuss Multimodal Express we are directly linking the Lower Rhine Region – from Duisburg to Krefeld, Düsseldorf and Mönchengladbach, to Cologne – with Europe’s biggest seaport”, says Jürgen Albersmann, Managing Director of Contargo Neuss GmbH. “This rail product ideally complements our existing barge lines. Particularly in times of flooding or low water, when a reliable second option is needed, the new line provides an environmentally friendly alternative. The rail connection is also faster than the barge, so that where time-sensitive transports are concerned it can help to free up the overfilled autobahns in the Rhineland.”

About Contargo

With an annual transport volume of 2 million TEU, Contargo is one of the largest container logistics networks in Europe. Contargo integrates container transport between the western seaports, the German North Sea ports and the European hinterland. The enterprise has 25 container terminals at its disposal in Germany, France, Switzerland and the Czech Republic and maintains offices at seven additional locations in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. Contargo also operates its own barge and rail lines. In 2014 the workforce of 800 employees achieved a turnover of 410 million Euro.

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Contact at Contargo: Heinrich Kerstgens, Contargo GmbH & Co. KG, Rheinkaistraße 2, 68159 Mannheim, Tel.: +49 621 59007 184,

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