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Kombiverkehr cooperating with ÖBB Rail Cargo Group on Ludwigshafen – Wels – Vienna – Budapest v.v. route
  • Wels to be the central terminal hub for services between western European countries and southeast Europe
  • Three return trips a week from mid-November
  • High quality level in traction

(Frankfurt am Main, 14 November 2019) Frankfurt-based Kombiverkehr KG is splitting its range of services to and from Austria and Hungary. The change is the result of a new cooperation agreement reached with Austrian intermodal operator RCO (Rail Cargo Operator). The two companies will share operation and marketing of the Wels – Vienna/Budapest v.v. route.

The first direct train offered jointly between Wels and Vienna and Budapest is scheduled to depart on 16 November. From then on there will be three regular weekly departures from Wels on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Trains in the opposite direction will run from Vienna on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and from Budapest on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. "The new cooperation allows us now to put the focus of our Austrian services fully and firmly on the Wels terminal, which offers our logistics and forwarding customers considerable added value thanks to the broad range of possible onward services, including connections to as far as southeast Europe," emphasised Peter Dannewitz, Sales Manager of Kombiverkehr KG, highlighting the importance of the new product for customers of the company. While there will be one less departure from the terminal in Vienna compared with the current timetable, the key Hungary connection to and from Budapest Bilk will gain an additional train departure. "We know of the good quality now offered by the train operating company used for internal Austrian services with connections to and from Budapest, and anticipate that the new train product will develop successfully. Ultimately this will in future also lead to an increase in the frequency of services on all part routes," Dannewitz continued.

Kombiverkehr is offering the Ludwigshafen – Wels v.v., Neuss – Wels v.v. and Duisburg – Wels v.v. direct trains included in the timetable with unchanged departure days and times. Dannewitz: "The new product concept now allows us to send all shipments to the Wels terminal, which will become our central hub. This simplifies handling processes and means we can bundle volumes in one place for efficient onward transport by rail." The bilateral Austrian trains open up access to a range of terminals in Germany, Scandinavia and western ports in gateway services.

Cooperation ÖBB

Frankfurt-based Kombiverkehr KG is cooperating with Rail Cargo Operator in Austria on a new connection in Wels – Vienna/Budapest v.v. services and focusing on the Wels terminal in gateway services. (Picture credit: ÖBB/Zenz)

The press photo can be downloaded here.