New Lineas railway line brings North Sea Port a little closer to Italy

Published on Mon 5 Jul 2021
Rail carrier Lineas is launching a new direct freight service between Ghent and Milan. This will give North Sea Port an additional connection with Italy. Companies in the port area will then be able to choose a more sustainable solution for their shipments.

Lineas is Belgium’s largest rail freight operator. The company already has a strong presence within North Sea Port, where port activity, logistics activities and industry provide a lot of cargo for its trains.

Connection between two major economic regions

Lineas is now enhancing its offering to and from North Sea Port with an additional direct service to northern Italy. Lineas freight trains will shuttle back and forth between Ghent and the Milan Segrate terminal five times a week.

For firms, Lineas is opening the door a little wider to an economically important region. From Milan Segrate, transit is also possible to other destinations in Italy.

Each journey will be made with around 22 wagons, potentially avoiding up to 11,000 return trips by truck on an annual basis.

Sustainable transport

North Sea Port aims to make freight transport greener and more sustainable and wants to get as much cargo carried by rail as possible. After all, rail transport represents a smart and environmentally friendly alternative to road transport. An increase in the number of rail links is therefore an excellent thing. Daan Schalck, CEO, North Sea Port: "Thanks to this new rail link, it will be even easier for companies to choose rail to optimise their freight flows."

Rail transport currently accounts for 10% of all transport movements between North Sea Port and its hinterland and for 7 to 8 million tonnes of cargo a year. The port wants to further increase this share.