The European Rail Freight Association (ERFA) has welcomed rail freight company Lineas as its latest member.
Lineas is Europe’s largest private rail freight operator active throughout Europe with its Green Xpress Network. The company employs over two thousand people and owns a fleet of two hundred and fifty locomotives and seven thousand wagons.
Dirk Stahl, president, ERFA, commented: “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.”
Geert Pauwels, chief executive, Lineas, added: “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 realize the modal shift.”