Basel - The Swiss intermodal operator Hupac is opening the autumn season with numerous new connections and service improvements. Frequency of departures, additional destinations and terminal locations are the main drivers for improvements. Here is an overview of the major changes starting from September 2018.
Starting from October 2nd the departures will increase across the core trans-Alpine intermodal transport business, and there’ll be new offerings in terms of capacity to meet the demand of an expanding market Zeebrugge - Novara: from 6 to 8 returns weekly, P400 semi-trailers will be allowed. Köln Nord - Busto Arsizio: 8 to 9 weekly returns. Basel Weil - Busto Arsizio: 5 to 6 weekly returns. Furthermore, starting October 7, the Kornwestheim - Rotterdam shuttle train will be redeployed to Maasvlakte, and will offer direct connections between the port of Rotterdam and the Stuttgart/Baden-Württemberg economic corridor.
The links between Singen and Italy have been improved by concentrating departures on the main Singen - Busto Arsizio and Singen - Brescia lines. The service now includes 25 weekly returns. Progress has also been achieved in the realm of processing and digitization. In the Busto Arsizio terminal two railway portals with OCR technology have been installed, allowing remote visual control of trains, identification and inventory.