Lineas is increasing train capacity on the Rhine route, as river’s water levels are alarmingly low. Starting June 15 throughout the summer, the operator will offer fourteen weekly Xpress services and additional capacity to the Mannheim region to facilitate the shift from barge to rail, ensuring the continuity of supply chains. This increase allows Lineas to provide up to 50% more capacity for intermodal volumes, representing 120 TEU extra per direction per week.
“Seeing the continuous drop of the water level, Lineas has pro-actively scheduled additional connections to ensure that transports can keep flowing. We are also in close contact with barge operators to serve the needs of the market. Multimodal solutions can keep goods flowing in Europe, no matter the weather,” Lars Redeligx, CCO at Lineas said.
The company will increase the Swiss Xpress from five up to eight round trips per week, the Austria / Slovakia Xpress from three up to six round trips per week with regular extensions to Hungary. Lineas’ Mannheim rail freight service will add a capacity to six round trips per week from three to Mannheim, Stuttgart, Karlsruhe.
The regular long haul trains connect West Germany with three major hubs in Lineas’ network. In Antwerp, Rotterdam and Ruhr, goods can easily connect further to the rest of Europe via Lineas’ Green Xpress Network.
Also starting 15 June, the operator will add a new regular connection to the Czech Republic. The service will offer three round trips per week connecting Ruhr region directly with the Czech Republic, including first and last mile options in the whole country. Onwards connections to the rest of the European hinterland are possible via its Green Xpress Network which offers direct daily round trips to destinations across Europe, providing shorter lead times, regular arrival times and faster connections.
Through its new services and increased reliability, Lineas wants to transform railway freight transport into a high-performing, efficient and sustainable backbone of the European transport system.