January 06, 2014

Dutch railfreight company to cease operations

Written by  Quintus Vosman
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DUTCH logistics company Husa Transportation has announced it plans to withdraw its open-access railfreight operations, claiming its financial results are not good enough to justify the continued operation of its own freight trains.

Husa's rail transport companies, Husa Transportation Railway Services (HTRS) Nederland and its German subsidiary HTRS Süd, will cease operations by March 1 and are being offered for sale.

It has been reported that Husa is negotiating the sale of its rail subsidiaries with various interested parties. The sell-off would include rolling stock as well, likely to be about 20 locomotives. Other subsidiaries supplying services to third parties, such as intermodal operator Shuttlewise and Switzerland-based leasing company Rail Motion, will not be affected by the decision, and will continue to operate as before.

Meanwhile Husa's railfreight contracts will be transferred to other companies. Rotterdam Rail Feeding (RRF), a Dutch operator with access to the Belgian network through its Belgian subsidiary Belgian Rail Feeding is to take over freight services between Veendam, Netherlands, and Hermalle, Belgium. RRF will, in the short-term at least, operate this service with HTRS traction. Other contracts could be transferred to other operators, in particular partner companies. It is also intended to transfer the staff, about 75 in total, to other operators.

Husa Transporation Railway Services began life in 1989 as ACTS, the first private railfreight operator in the Netherlands. ACTS initially operated waste trains, but quickly expanded into the intermodal sector. The company was later acquired by Husa Transportation and the name was changed in Husa Transportation Railway Services

Dutch railfreight company to cease operations

DUTCH logistics company Husa Transportation has announced it plans to withdraw its open-access railfreight operations, claiming its financial results are not good enough to justify the continued operation of its own freight trains.

Husa’s rail transport companies, Husa Transportation Railway Services (HTRS) Nederland and its German subsidiary HTRS Süd, will cease operations by March 1 and are being offered for sale.

It has been reported that Husa is negotiating the sale of its rail subsidiaries with various interested parties. The sell-off would include rolling stock as well, likely to be about 20 locomotives. Other subsidiaries supplying services to third parties, such as intermodal operator Shuttlewise and Switzerland-based leasing company Rail Motion, will not be affected by the decision, and will continue to operate as before.

Meanwhile Husa’s railfreight contracts will be transferred to other companies. Rotterdam Rail Feeding (RRF), a Dutch operator with access to the Belgian network through its Belgian subsidiary Belgian Rail Feeding is to take over freight services between Veendam, Netherlands, and Hermalle, Belgium. RRF will, in the short-term at least, operate this service with HTRS traction. Other contracts could be transferred to other operators, in particular partner companies. It is also intended to transfer the staff, about 75 in total, to other operators.

Husa Transporation Railway Services began life in 1989 as ACTS, the first private railfreight operator in the Netherlands. ACTS initially operated waste trains, but quickly expanded into the intermodal sector. The company was later acquired by Husa Transportation and the name was changed in Husa Transportation Railway Services

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