Swissterminal AG has decided to resume operations at the container terminal Niederglatt, located in the municipal district of Niederhasli close to Zurich, with effect from 1.11.2017. The move is in line with an increased customer demand for rail freight solutions in one of the most important markets in Switzerland.
From 2012, Swissterminal has served the greater area of Zurich exclusively via the container terminal Rekingen. However, the lease for this site is coming to an end. From November, Swissterminal AG will operate with a feeder connection between its headquarters in Frenkendorf close to Basel and Niederglatt with three trains per week. The capacity is 32 teu each. Via Niederglatt, Swissterminal AG continues to offer clients in greater Zurich a solution to move containers via combined transport to and from the sea ports in an ecological manner at their doorstep.
Situated in the municipality of Niederhasli, the terminal has direct rail connection via the access point Niederglatt. On top of that, connections to the motorways A1 and A51 facilitate easy transit to adjacent areas.
The efficient container terminal Niederglatt offers space for up to 4,000 teu on 34,000 m2. This corresponds to a capacity increase of 320% in comparison to Rekingen. The terminal features 12 reefer connections, a reach stacker, which can lift up to 35 t, and a forklift for the handling of empty containers. The handling of hazardous cargo is not possible here.
The shift of freight transport from road to rail is a crucial cornerstone of both Swiss and European transport policies. With putting Niederglatt into service, Swissterminal contributes to relieving road congestion between the important industrial areas of Basel and Zurich.
The location benefits from the service expansion of the Swisstrain, which started to connect to Antwerp in addition to Rotterdam in July. Furthermore, the transit time has been improved under the regular schedule. For export cargo, the trip to the terminals APM2, RWG and EMX in Rotterdam takes one to three days less than before, depending on the respective departure. For imports, fitting connections for all vessels departing at Maasvlakte terminals are available. And regarding the terminal EMX, the Swisstrain saves two days each on Mondays and Fridays.
Roman Mayer, President and Delegate of the Board at Swissterminal AG, explains the reasons behind the decision to shift terminal operations to Niederglatt: “Offering a container terminal in Niederglatt corresponds to market demand. The greater are of Zurich is a crucial market for many of our customers. Since a lot of roads in the area are heavily congested, especially towards Basel, the cargo shift from road to rail is getting more and more important. Also, the ecological aspect with regard to reducing pollutant emissions plays a vital role. We have identified these requirements and are delighted to offer our clients a reasonable and efficient solution to transport their cargo.”