Direct Antwerp-Lyon rail connection for intermodal cargo

01 July 2020


Lineas, the largest private rail freight operator in Europe, now offers a direct connection for intermodal volumes between Antwerp, Belgium and Lyon, France. Three round trips per week connect the industry hub in Lyon to the rest of Europe via Lineas’ Green Xpress Network.

From 1st July, Lineas is upgrading its regular train service between Antwerp and Lyon to include intermodal volumes. The Lyon Xpress travels three times per week back and forth between the operator’s Main Hub in Antwerp and the Port Edouard Herriot terminal in Lyon. Furthermore, Lineas is strengthening the stability and punctuality of the connection by insourcing a larger part via the Lineas France team.

Lars Redeligx, Chief Commercial Officer at Lineas. “The Lyon Xpress is since several years an established connection within our pan-European Green Xpress Network. There was a keen interest from our customers to include intermodal loads to this route and I am glad we can deliver this today. This upgraded Xpress now transports all types of cargo between Lyon and the rest of Europe in an easy, reliable and flexible way.”

The upgraded service allows customers to transport their intermodal and conventional cargo swiftly from Lyon to Antwerp and from there onwards to the rest of the European hinterland or onto deep-sea connections via Lineas’ Green Xpress Network.

Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO Port of Antwerp: “Lyon is one of our focus regions in the hinterland. We are working on developing frequent rail connections towards and from Port of Antwerp. Thanks to the Lyon Xpress, shippers from Lyon can reach Antwerp in a swift and efficient way, improve their export and import activities to the oversees destinations, and benefit from the maritime and logistics services at Port of Antwerp. It is our key goal to strengthen the rail connectivity towards and from key European economic hubs.”

Christian Heimburger, President of Lyon Terminal: We are very pleased to be able to develop this partnership with Lineas. The Port of Lyon Edouard Herriot is located in the heart of the Lyon agglomeration, a dynamic and industrial region that generates significant flows of goods. Lyon Terminal's teams will support this new connection which will allow us to develop volume exchanges between Antwerp and Lyon by relying on the advantages of multimodality at the service of our customers.

About Lyon Terminal

Lyon Terminal is the port handling operator of the Port de Lyon. It is the only trimodal platform (barge-rail-road) in the Lyon region, which is a major asset in context of the growing importance of environmental and ecological transitions. As an advanced port for Marseille and Sète via the Rhône, Lyon Terminal is also positioned as a European rail terminal by its capacity to handle all types of transport units, from sea containers to semi-trailers.

About Port of Antwerp

As Europe's second-largest port, the Port of Antwerp is a major lifeline for the Belgian economy: more than 300 line services to over 800 destinations ensure global connectivity. The Port of Antwerp annually handles around 238 million tonnes of international maritime freight, and is home to Europe's largest integrated chemical cluster. The Port of Antwerp accounts, directly and indirectly, for a total of around 143.000 jobs and more than €20 billion added value. 

True to its mission 'a home port vital for a sustainable future’, Antwerp Port Authority aims to flexibly respond to a rapidly evolving maritime market, allowing the port to continue playing its role as a leading world port. The emphasis in this respect is on cooperation, adaptability, a strong focus on innovation and digitisation, and on sustainable added value, as well as on responsibility towards society.

Antwerp Port Authority is a limited liability company of public law, with the City of Antwerp as sole shareholder. It employs over 1.600 people. Port alderman Annick De Ridder is chairman of the Board of Directors and Jacques Vandermeiren is CEO and President of the Executive Committee, which is responsible for the day-to-day management.  

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