In the first phase, CW Rail will target drivers who need to reach urban centres, especially on the route from Antwerp to Brussels. In the second phase, formulas for complementary (public) transport or transborder routes with Eurostar and Thalys might be envisaged.
Antoine Martens, deputy general manager of Belgian Rail says: 'CW Lease analysis show that 30% of car users are interested in public transport. The railway and the car are complementary means of transportation. In order to convert CW Lease customers into railway customers too, we have developed special beneficial fares and undersigned an exclusivity contract with CW Lease for one year.'
Aernout van der Mersch, managing director of CW Lease Belgium, said: 'We want the monthly lease fare to include more than just the price of a car. We want to transform it into a package of mobility solutions for an entire month.'
Through their fleet managers, companies can order a minimum of 25 train tickets, to be calculated in the monthly lease fare and valid for one year. Ticket prices cover the train trip only - but not the parking space in major stations such as Antwerp-Berchem or Brussels 'Midi'.
Initially, CW Lease is targeting customers who want to reach the centres of Antwerp and Brussels, but who face traffic jams and high car park fees. CW Lease's latest project to enhance general mobility is called CW Rail. It completes three other available projects.