The new Xpress service enables transporters and shippers to move intermodal volumes three times per week between the Port of Moerdijk and Lineas’ Main Hub in Antwerp.
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In support of its international growth strategy and to strengthen its financial protection from COVID-19, Lineas has secured €60 million in additional funding.
The train is part of the Green Xpress Network of rail freight operator Lineas, and gives the Swabia and Vorarlberg region rail access to the European hinterland and deep-sea.
Three Xpress trains per week will connect Antwerp to Langweid-Foret, the Swabia region in southern Germany, and further to Wolfurt in the Austrian Vorarlberg region.
The partnership ensures the existing traffic flow from Antwerp through to Irvine will continue for an additional two years, and shows commitment from both organisations in reaching net zero emission targets.
Rail Freight Forward members and sector associations have welcomed an MoU for the development of European Digital Automatic Coupling (DAC) for rail freight.
Starting in 2021, Alstom and ProRail will test Automatic Train Operations (ATO) using a Lineas shunting locomotive.
Under the contract, Voith will be responsible for the major overhaul of 30 Lineas locomotives over the next four and a half years.
Two crucial members of the management team will be leaving in 2019, being replaced by newcomers to the company by early 2020.
Lineas and North Sea Port are working together to significantly expand the volume of rail freight with 12 new rail connections to the European hinterland.
Rail freight operator, Lineas, is doubling its freight capacity from 2,600 to 5,300 containers a week, in a bid to remove traffic from the road and keep the rail freight industry moving.
Allowing for an even easier cargo shift from road to rail, the H.Essers Railport Genk rail terminal will be used to improve the rail freight connection between Genk and Antwerp-Ghent-Zeebrugge.