Lineas connects chemical clusters in Geleen and Terneuzen with Antwerp and the rest of Europe

26 December 2018


  • The new lines in the Green Xpress Network ensure a frequent and reliable connection
  • Large capacity for chemical and other products thanks to single wagon load and container traffic

Lineas developed two successful connections in its Green Xpress Network this year. The Geleen-Antwerp and Terneuzen-Antwerp routes connect the important chemical clusters with Antwerp and beyond in a frequent, reliable and safe manner.

Since 1 January 2018, Lineas operates services between Geleen and Antwerp. Three round trips per week quickly proved to not be enough and the connection was standardized to five round trips per week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. In addition, freight trains between Terneuzen and Antwerp have been operating three times a week since mid-April, more specifically on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The unique Green Xpress Network from Lineas combines containers, block trains and single wagon loads. As a result, there is a lot of capacity for various types of freight transport on a regular basis to and from Geleen and Terneuzen. Moreover, the cargoes in Antwerp can connect to other destinations in Europe (Germany, France, Slovakia ...). For example, cargo can travel safely and directly from Chemelot via Antwerp to Sweden. The connections between Geleen-Marl and Geleen-Dormagen further connect the chemical cluster with the Rhein / Ruhr region.

About the Green Xpress Network

With the Green Xpress Network, Lineas is offering fast, reliable and sustainable connections between the European economic hubs. It is an end-to-end solution involving the bundling of different types of freight, ranging from steel, chemical substances and consumer goods to pallets and containers. With these bundled loads, Lineas capitalises fully on the strengths of rail: the sustainable transportation of large volumes over average/long distances and with a high frequency.

The GXN offering was launched in 2014 and now has 16 connections, including the Cologne Xpress, the Mannheim Xpress and the Vienna Xpress.