Connecting Europe Facility

The CEF programme contributes to the implementation of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) by financing key projects to upgrade infrastructure and remove existing bottlenecks, whilst also promoting sustainable and innovative mobility solutions. The projects cover all EU Member States and all transport modes (road, rail, maritime, inland waterways, air), and support transport co-modality, logistics and innovation. With the funding of the EU, Lineas and partners are working on the following Actions:

LoNofts 1

In compliance with EU policy and neighbouring countries' decision to implement NDTAC systems, Lineas decided to equip its freight wagons with silent blocks. Following studies and tests relating to brake-technology, we are equipping the 300 LGNSS and 798 SGNSS freight flat wagons with LL-brake blocks IB116. The wagons are used in several European countries and sections of TEN-T core network corridors.

LoNOfts 2

This Action aims to retrofit 4,157 freight wagons with composite brake blocks. The wagons are used for transport of conventional cargo and Intermodal Transport Units (ITU) on the Rhine-Alpine, North Sea-Baltic and North Sea–Mediterranean TEN-T Core Network Corridors. They will be equipped with silent composite brake blocks (LL) approved in the EU for international transport. The aim is to reduce noise emissions of these wagons by 7 to 10 dB (A).


This Action aims to implement a tracking information and Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) sharing software in a series of existing rail freight services run by intermodal operators, mainly in the Rhine-Alpine Core Network corridor. Increased sharing of real-time tracking information and ETA among railway Infrastructure Managers, Railway Undertakings, intermodal operators, terminals and end-users (shippers) is essential to improve the efficiency of the logistics chain and the competitiveness of railway with respect to road transport. The results of the Action will underpin the work done by Member States and European institutions for eliminating legal, operational and technical obstacles in the electronic exchange of information in Road-Rail Combined Transport.  


The Action is part of the Belgian ETCS Masterplan and of the beneficiaries' strategy for migration of the existing rolling stock to ERTMS. It concerns the retrofitting of 42 locomotives type HLE 13 with ETCS Level 1 and 2, Baseline 3, which will be used for freight on the Core and Comprehensive Networks in Belgium, and for cross-border services with France and Luxembourg. The Action includes prototyping and retrofitting activities. As a result, the traffic management, safety and interoperability conditions on the entire Belgian railway network and on the cross-border sections with France and Luxembourg as well as the quality of the rail freight services will improve.