Lineas Joins European Rail Freight Association

The Board of Directors of the European Rail Freight Association (ERFA) says it welcomes its latest member, Lineas.

The freight company is the first to have won the European Railway Award – which it did in 2020. EFRA is of the view that Lineas and the other ERFA members will play a central role in creating a fully liberalised and competitive European rail freight market.

Lineas freight train
Lineas freight train in Cologne

Lineas is Europe’s largest private rail freight operator and is active throughout the continent with its Green Xpress Network. Both Lineas and ERFA have the aim of creating a single and competitive European rail freight market. Consequently, ERFA’s Board of Directors believes that Lineas’s membership will bolster ERFA’s position as a strong advocate for private and independent rail freight companies at EU level.

Geert Pauwels, CEO, Lineas, said:

“We strongly believe that private rail freight players will make the difference in Europe. As private companies we have a unique customer mind-set to deliver innovative products that convince our customers to shift from road to rail. We look forward to working with ERFA to strengthen the sector and attract private investors who will help us grow and realise the modal shift.”

Lineas, which has its headquarters in Belgium, also has locations in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Spain and Italy.

Dirk Stahl, President, ERFA, said:

“I am glad that ERFA can attract such an important railway company as Lineas and that we can join forces to create a European Rail Freight sector with strong and competitive railway undertakings. This is essential in order to see real growth in rail freight and subsequently allow the sector to contribute successfully towards Europe’s environmental and modal shift objectives.”

ERFA was founded in 2002 with the goal of liberalising Europe’s rail freight market. The association is based in Brussels and has 30 members within the EU and beyond.

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