Modal Shift

Freight transport represents almost 10% of all CO2 emissions in Europe. This is mainly caused by our heavy reliance on trucks, as 75% of the entire freight sector is done over the road. The result is already noticeably today. Every year, each driver spends 120 hours in traffic jams and 50.000 people die prematurely because of air pollution and road accidents.

By 2030, freight transport is expected to grow by 30%. That is roughly the size of the entire German freight transport market or 1 million trucks added on European roads. 

If nothing changes, the impact on our environment and society will be disastrous. 

We urgently need a modal shift.  

Rail Freight Forward

Freight transport by rail is the much more climate-conscious mode of transport. The facts are there:

  • Rail emits 9 times less CO2
  • Rail causes 8 times less air pollution
  • Rail uses 6 times less energy than road.

And rail solves our mobility issue. 

Together with other European rail freight companies, Lineas launched Rail Freight Forward in December 2018. The coalition is committed to drastically reducing the negative impact of freight transport on the planet and mobility through innovation and a more intelligent transport mix. 

Rail Freight Forward has the ambition double the volumes of goods transported by rail by 2030. Find out how they plan to do this on

Noah's Train

To show their commitment to the modal shift, Rail Freight Forward launched Noah's Train, the ambassador for climate protection. 

Noah's Train left on 14 of December 2018 in Katowice, Poland, on a tour through Europe. At each city, two containers are beautifully designed by local street artists and added to the train, as such transforming it into the longest mobile art work in the world. 

Follow its journey via the website or on Instagram @RailFreightForward

What needs to happen in Belgium?

Following the launch of the Rail Freight Forward coalition,  rail freight operators in Belgium decided join forces and translate the European ambition to a national level. 

Under the Belgian Rail Freight Forum, we aim to make driving a train in Belgium as easy as driving a truck.
We believe that we can double the volumes of goods transported by rail in Belgium by 2030 by getting railway companies, infrastructure managers and policy makers in Belgium  involved in the implementation of the modal shift.

If we manage to do this, we can avoid 90.000 trucks on the road, 1,5 million tons of CO2 and 2.000 tons of fine particles per year! 

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