Road transport has reached its boundaries, but that doesn't mean the logistical sector cannot grow. The railway sector plans to transport 75% more goods in the coming five years than it does today. This will increase the rail portion by one percent annually. Because rail transport emits up to eight times less carbon dioxide and pollutes the air much less than road transport, this has a direct impact on the Belgian climate objectives. No less than 32,000 lorries per day could be removed from our roads.
At B Logistics we are currently offering a worthy alternative for road transport. I warmly appeal to transporters and shippers to put their preconceptions about the railway aside and to try our modernised rail offerings. Our society, mobility and climate can only improve.
Goods transport by rail will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 400,000 tons annually by 2021Because rail transport emits up to eight times less carbon dioxide than road transport, this has a direct impact on the environment. With an annual growth of one percent of the rail portion in the modal split, we will emit 406,000 tons less carbon dioxide equivalent per year as of 2021 thanks to goods transport by rail. This makes an important contribution to Belgian climate objectives.
More goods on the railways results in nine percent fewer lorries on the road
Mobility problems are discussed in the media every day. Yet there is a competitive alternative that isn't used enough by transporters and shippers. One train can transport the freight of 50 lorries. Moreover, the railway is a lot safer than road transport.
In a forward-looking scenario in which the market share of road transport remains unchanged at 77.7 %, no less than 32,000 lorries per day could be removed from our roads. Congestion could decrease as a result, even in the event of strongly increased volumes in port traffic.
*Green Xpress Network: The Green Xpress Network is a network of direct, fast, reliable and frequent rail connections between Belgium and economic hubs in Europe (the Netherlands, France, Germany, Slovakia, Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Romania). The trains follow a set timetable so that clients are aware of departure and arrival times (siding-to-siding). The average punctuality of the Xpress products is higher than 95%, which is unparalleled in the market. By combining the flow of goods, B Logistics offers a truly competitive rail product and it fully utilises the advantages of rail transport.
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