The new Sweden Xpress is the 8th connection in the European Green Xpress Network of B Logistics. This type of innovative, high-quality rail products and customer-centric service is among the ways that B Logistics is giving a boost to intermodal and conventional rail transport in Europe. By increasing rail freight volumes, the company aims to make a difference in terms of the environment and mobility.
The Sweden Xpress is the first Xpress route to be developed in response to demand from the intermodal market, but the train will be supplemented by conventional loads.
Average punctuality of the Xpress products is more than 95per cent, which is unrivalled in the marketplace. So Xpress services can be seamlessly integrated into the IFB intermodal network. By combining goods flows, a really competitive rail product will be brought onto the market, and the company is exploiting the advantages of rail to the full.
By limiting the number of shunting operations during the journey, and carrying out almost the entire trip with the same B Logistics locomotive, the service with the Xpress products is very reliable. The trains run to a fixed timetable, so that customers are completely familiar with the departure and arrival times (siding-to-siding). The products are tracked by a specific Xpress-team that provides the customer with real-time information about their shipments.
The Sweden Xpress connects Belgium with Antwerp-North as the hub three times a week with Sweden with Malmö as the hub. At the Swedish end, partner Green Cargo handles the last mile, and soon there will be connections to Denmark and Norway. The train has a journey time of 21 hours (siding-to-siding). B Logistics and Green Cargo are partners when it comes to the production and sales.
In view of the specific demand from a number of shippers in the port of Ghent, a regular feeder train will run with shipments from the Ghent area to Antwerp, for connection to the Sweden Xpress.