Lineas freight train, source: Lineas

Lineas strengthens presence in Germany

Belgian rail freight operator Lineas plans to strengthen its business in Germany. Therefore, the company continues a recruitment campaign in the neighbouring country. Lineas will hire at least ten new train drivers in Germany by the year’s end.

Two Lineas train drivers have been working in Germany since 1 February. In April, two more train drivers will join them. Afterwards, the company’s workforce will be increased with ten new train drivers. Consequently, the Lineas workforce in Germany will number 20 people.

“Our German activities are growing steadily and so does the German workforce – so we can maintain close contact with our customers and further expand our Green Xpress Network in Europe. We are pleased to welcome our new colleagues and are still looking for more train drivers. By the end of the year, we want to have minimum ten German drivers to join forces with our commercial and operational team in Mainz to ensure the utmost quality and efficiency of our services,” Jan Elfenhorst, General Manager of Lineas Germany, said.

Lineas in Germany

Lineas operates the Green Xpress Network consisted of 16 intermodal connections in 10 countries. In Germany, the company has two rail freight links: Köln Xpress between Antwerp and Köln, Mannheim Xpress from Antwerp to Mannheim. Several Lineas trains to other countries run via Germany. The Belgian operator also opened its Operations Centre in Mainz in September 2018. The facility allows monitoring about 200 Lineas trains that travel in and through Germany every week as well as coordinating communication between the customer, infrastructure managers, drivers, stations and other parties.

Besides Germany, Lineas has abroad headquarters in the Netherlands, France, Italy and Spain. The company’s staff includes almost 2,000 people. The operator has a fleet of more than 250 locomotives and 7,000 freight wagons. The company’s shareholders are independent private equity group Argos Wityu (69%) and NMBS/SNCB (31%).

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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